As IUCN Congress Kicks Off, A Look at “Condoms and Conservation”

August 31, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

Condoms and Conservation: Using Birth Control to Help Save the Planet

It all began when some women asked for contraceptive advice from a pair of doctors working for a small international research group surveying the oceans in southern Madagascar. At the time, Blue Ventures was a conservation group made up of scientists and volunteers who were gathering data on coral reefs and fisheries in Velondriake, a remote and poverty-stricken part of the country. The doctors were there to provide medical assistance to divers, but they soon found their services were also required by women from the local villages.

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