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Empowering communities to monitor and manage their marine resources, and diversify local livelihoods
by Blue Ventures (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Blue Ventures' vision is for coastal communities to manage their natural resources effectively, enriching local livelihoods and sustaining healthy marine environments for generations to come.

We work with coastal communities to develop transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally-led marine conservation. Our strategy is to develop, scale and share the learning of high-impact solutions that enable increased engagement in local marine resource governance systems, such as Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs), towards effective marine conservation and fisheries management. Blue Ventures is currently developing a range of solutions at various stages from concept to proven replicable solution. These solutions are responsive to community needs, supporting human rights-based marine protection, local management systems and coastal livelihood initiatives.

Blue Ventures is committed to:
- Scaling up the use of temporary temporary fisheries closures to demonstrate environmental, economic and social benefits of local management - the Community Catalyst model
- Scaling up ecotourism within the communities in which we work, developing homestay initiatives that provide additional income to local families
- Developing our aquaculture programme: social enterprise models providing diversified livelihoods to fishers by farming lucrative species sustainably
- Developing our Blue Carbon projects: generating value from the avoided deforestation of carbon-rich marine forests

Through working with partners and networks who share our values, we are committed to empowering communities to monitor and manage the marine resources upon which they depend, developing coastal livelihood initiatives and advancing the rights of small-scale fishers throughout the coastal tropics.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
December 2019
Validate the world's largest and first blue carbon mangrove conservation project according to the Plan Vivo standard. Replicating the approach at four other sites throughout Madagascar and Indonesia
June 2019
Increase the population reached by the Community Catalyst model to 350,000 people
June 2019
Demonstrate the viability of sea cucumber aquaculture in Madagascar and share examples of best practice to communities throughout the country
Staff / Technical expertise
Blue Ventures' in-country staff and technical specialists
Basic information
Time-frame: March 2019 - March 2020
Blue Ventures (NGO), Coastal & Marine Resources Development (NGO), Dahari (NGO), Forum Nelayan Binongko (NGO), JARI (NGO), LINI (NGO), Marine Cultures (NGO), Planet Indonesia (NGO), SEED Madagascar (NGO), YAPEKA (NGO) and many more.
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Alasdair Harris, Executive Director, al@blueventures.org, +44 (0)20 7697 8598
London, United Kingdom
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