Blue Ventures’s Profile
Blue Ventures began life in 2003 when the members of a University expedition to Madagascar decided that they wanted to continue the valuable work that they were involved in as part of a sustainable, long-term programme. Part of that team of University students was our Research Director, Alasdair Harris.
In 2004, like many of our staff our Managing Director, Richard Nimmo, was a volunteer on a Blue Ventures Expedition to Madagascar. After spending 6 weeks working with Blue Ventures in Madagascar and a further 4 weeks travelling around the country he decided that he wanted to find a way to work in Madagascar and applied for a role with Blue Ventures as the Expedition Manager. On returning to the UK he joined the small team in London and today leads the eco-tourism programme that now works in Belize and Malaysia as well as Madagascar.
Blue Ventures is committed to responsible, ethical tourism and revenue as well as all profits from our tourism activities goes to help conservation efforts at all of our research sites. We have comprehensive responsible tourism practices that can be viewed at:
Blue Ventures works closely with local communities and whenever possible we employ local staff to run our projects. In Madagascar, one of our original staff members learnt to SCUBA dive with us and in 2009 he qualified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and became the first Malagasy national to achieve this qualification.