Gildas Andriamalala works to reduce the threat of overfishing in his native Madagascar, using social marketing to engage local communities. Gildas finds creative channels to share the message of sustainable fishing, in ways that give that message more impact with the community members. To find out more about Gildas's campaign, visit http://www.rareconservation.org/article/andavadoaka-coast-madagascar+ More details
A Sea Cucumber farming initiative provides an opportunity for development and financial growth in the village of Tampolove where diminishing fish stocks are making alternatives avenues of income more important. The aquaculture project is also providing funding for the local school.+ More details
The Barren Isles are so harsh and remote that only a few of the hardiest and most determined fisherman venture there. Result: bountiful reefs that have escaped the ravages of overexploitation seen along the rest of the barrier reef of Madagascar's west coast. Enjoy this short sample of the riches of the Barren Isles.+ More details
A local VC firm with a small budget wanted to make a big splash. Who'd have thought an irreverent animated short about a self-made, self-satisfied snowman would, well, snowball! Read More: http://www.ironcreative.com/#/latest-news/post/gary-snoman-viral-phenomenon+ More details
Al Harris of marine conservation group Blue Ventures accepts the award for winning solution of the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge+ More details
Blue Ventures works with local communities to conserve threatened marine environments. Our highly acclaimed integrated conservation programmes work with some of the world’s poorest coastal communities to develop conservation and alternative income initiatives to protect biodiversity and coastal livelihoods. The results of our work help us propose new ideas to benefit coastal communities everywhere.+ More details
Each finalist is providing a powerful solution to the world’s most significant challenges. They are: Blue Ventures -- Improving the livelihoods of the world’s poorest coastal communities while conserving the biodiversity of threatened marine environments. FrontlineSMS--Enabling social organizations in undeveloped regions around the world to leverage the power and reach of mobile technology. Participatory Mapping in the Congo Basin -- Empowering forest communities to use cutting edge mapping technologies to prevent deforestation and alleviate poverty. TARA Akshar+ - Delivering rapid literacy programs to millions of impoverished women in India.+ More details
The mangroves of Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary are an integral part of the marine habitat in Belize. West Indian Manatee, Hawksbill Turtle, Goliath Grouper, Sawfish and numerous other species find a haven here while Bull Sharks and numerous fish species use this rich habitat as a nursery, these juveniles eventually grow to inhabit the Belize Barrier Reef, a Natural World Heritage Site. The mangroves also serve a number of vital environmental services. They are of great importance to the health of the coastal waters of Belize.+ More details
A passionate conservationist and social entrepreneur, Al has spent the past decade researching and tackling marine environmental crises in tropical developing countries. Former chairman of Oxford University Exploration Society, his life-long obsession with corals led him to establish Blue Ventures, an international marine conservation organisation whose projects have received the prestigious United Nations Equator Prize and Seed Award, in recognition of their work in biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. Al is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, recipient of the 2010 World Conservation Union’s Young Conservationist Award and winner of the 2009 Condé Nast Environment Award. Currently based in Madagascar, his work developing sustainable business approaches for financing conservation has twice been commended by UK former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the annual ‘Enterprising Young Brits’ awards. Video produced by the Do Lectures. Read more at: http://www.dolectures.com/speakers/speakers-2010/al-harris+ More details
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