Case Study: Blue Ventures
Madagascar’s First Community-Run Marine Protected Area
“Madagascar’s first community-run marine protected area” is a partnership between local people, research institutes, NGOs and a commercial fishing company and focuses on marine conservation and sustainable livelihoods along the southwest coast of Madagascar. The partnership, led by NGO Blue Ventures (BV), was the recipient of the first round of SEED Awards in 2005. The locally managed marine area (LMMA) was successfully implemented, covers 650 square kilometres and operates under the management of an association comprised of elected leaders from 25 villages, with continued guidance from BV. The model has since been replicated to numerous other areas in Madagascar. BV’s work has since expanded and diversified considerably, and has been recognised by several other awards and much acclaimed by the media.
SEED 2012 Case Study Series
This case study showcases the innovation, the partnership, the support from SEED and the overall impact of the enterprise and is part of the SEED 2012 Case Study Series. This Case Study Series showcases locally-driven, innovative eco-inclusive enterprises and examines the barriers and enabling factors that hinder or aid these eco-inclusive enterprises.