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Blue Ventures is a science-based marine conservation social enterprise that has worked with local communities in Madagascar for the last decade. Blue Ventures strives to conserve threatened marine and coastal environments, both protecting biodiversity and alleviating poverty. The results of Blue Ventures' work lead to new ideas that can benefit tropical coastal communities everywhere.
Blue Ventures' conservation activities focus on promoting sustainable use of the marine environment in a holistic manner, for and with communities. Blue Ventures' portfolio includes sustainable fisheries management, community-based aquaculture, blue carbon research, shark and turtle monitoring, and far-reaching community health and education initiatives. All projects operate within and through community-based marine protected areas, or "locally managed marine areas" (LMMAs), which place community leaders at the helm of decision making and marine resource management.
Blue Ventures worked with communities to create Madagascar's first ever locally managed marine area, Velondriake, in 2006 and has since helped facilitated the spread of the approach across the entirety of the country. Now, five LMMAs are directly supported by Blue Ventures, including Velondriake, the largest LMMA in the western Indian Ocean, and the newly created Barren Isles LMMA, a place of extremely high biodiversity and conservation value. Blue Ventures has trained over 250 community leaders in marine management and has held 12 community exchange trips. Communities Blue Ventures works with manage a total of 2,284 km2 of marine and coastal area.
Blue Ventures is a social enterprise at its core, seeking to incorporate business-based approaches and innovative financing mechanisms into marine conservation. From ecotourism to lucrative sea cucumber and seaweed farms to conducting research for mangrove carbon credit schemes, Blue Ventures aims to ensure that its projects have a lasting, incentive-driven impact. Blue Ventures' original conservation management tool - short-term octopus closures - has been proven to increase fisher incomes and octopus catches. The first closure was implemented in southwest Madagascar in 2004, and since, the model has been spread across Madagascar and has been adopted by both the governments of Madagascar and Mauritius.
Blue Ventures has won awards for its entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable development, including the SEED Award, the 2006 Equator Prize and the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Prize.