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Blue Ventures wins environmental prize

Blue Ventures wins environmental prize

An innovative project integrating community-based health services with locally-led marine conservation initiatives has won this year’s St Andrews Prize for the Environment. The prize identifies and rewards entrepreneurs with original and practical ideas for tackling specific environmental challenges, and is run by the University of St Andrews with independent exploration and production company ConocoPhillips.

Marine conservation organisation Blue Ventures was awarded this year’s prize in recognition of its efforts to address the multifaceted drivers of environmental degradation in coastal southwest Madagascar.

The project trains local women to offer health services in their villages, and coordinates closely with initiatives engaging communities in sustainable fisheries management and sea cucumber farming initiatives; improving food security, empowering women and boosting local conservation efforts.

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