Population-Environment Program Wins Recognition: Blue Ventures Honored at International Conference on Family Planning
This year’s International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) happened to coincide with the UN’s annual climate change summit. Perhaps it’s apt then that one of the organizations recognized for excellence is helping to bridge the gap between the environment and family planning communities.
London-based NGO Blue Ventures was presented with an Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning (EXCELL) award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health for their work integrating community-based reproductive health education and services into their marine conservation and coastal livelihood initiatives in Madagascar.
Blue Ventures, which we’ve had the pleasure of hosting at the Wilson Center several times, was one of only two organizations to be given the first EXCELL awards and the only one with a cross-sectoral focus. “Blue Ventures demonstrates how environment agencies working in highly diverse areas can address reproductive health needs within a rights-based framework,” said José Rimon, deputy director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, in presenting the award.
“We are all so grateful for this recognition that integration of voluntary family planning services into community-based conservation, food security, and other environmental programs provides an effective way to reach some of the world’s most remote and under-served communities with the reproductive health services they need,” said Blue Ventures’ Caroline Savitzky at the conference hall in Addis Ababa.
To read the full article, please click here: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2013/11/population-environment-connections-blue-ventures-honored-international-conference-family-planning/#.UpNp6sTksmN
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