1st of February 2019 – bluesensus assigned for GNF feasibility study of a MSP
bluesensus has been assigned by the German NGO Global Nature Fund to conduct a study on the feasibility of a Multi Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) Project for strengthening mangrove protection along shrimp value chains in the Sundarbans (Bangladesh and India). In this context the bluesensus team conducted a series of interviews with stakeholders in Bangladesh and India.
15th of November 2018: Bluesensus attends Meeting of the German seafood community with MSC and ASC
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) jointly held the 2018 Meeting for the German seafood community in Hamburg. bluesensus attended the meeting to get firsthand information and contribute to the discussion about the growing criticism on the certification practices of both label organisations (and/or their accredited auditing companies). It was good to see that MSC/ASC pro-actively addressed the latter, presented their viewpoints and planned improvements. Leaving the niche and growing into mainstream markets will always be accompanied by an increasing number of critical individuals and/or organisations. Finally, it is up to the stakeholders backing both label organisations and involved in the standard setting process to define their perception of sustainability.
26th of July 2018: International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems
bluesensus is proud to be part of a mangrove ecosystem restoration and conservation network. With our partners in India and Costa Rica as well as with coastal communities and other stakeholders seriously working on Mangrove restoration we celebrate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems. In this context, we want to say “Thank you” in particular to companies funding mangrove restoration projects like ALDI SÜD, Alnatura, Hofer KG and Shore nv.
5th of April 2018: bluesensus at Sustainable Fisheries Workshop in Cochin (India)
The Central Marine Fishery Research Institute (CMFRI), WWF India and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) organized a 1 day workshop on sustainable fisheries in India. All three organizations have formed a partnership to promote the concept of sustainable fisheries as defined by the MSC sustainable fisheries standard. Besides promotion of sustainable fisheries the organizations are involved in the development 10 different Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP). The ALDI SÜD /KfW-DEG FIP is one of the prioritized fisheries.
March 13, 2018 bluesensus attends Blue Solutions Fair in Bangkok (13.-16. March 2018)
bluesensus project proposal to develop an Integrated Mangrove Aquaculture system in Indian Sundarbans has been selected by Blue Solutions Fair organizers and bluesensus received an invitation to attend the Blue Solutions Fair in Bangkok, Thailand. In 4 days participants from all over Asia will discuss strategies for coastal nature conservation and income generation. Sourabh Dubey (bluesensus India) and, Apurba Saha (Director of Blue Sea Aquaculture Private Ltd.) are attending the Blue Solutions Fair.
February 15th, 2018 New engagement of bluesensus In India: Kolleru Lake
Ananda Foundation (Bhimaveran, Andhra Pradesh) has asked bluesensus to design a pilot project for sustainable management of Kolleru Lake and the natural resources around Kolleru Lake. Kolleru Lake is a protected wetland area in India under the Ramsar convention located in Andhra Pradesh. Agriculture, fresh water aquaculture and lake fisheries contributes among other factors to an over-exploitation of the Lake basin. Sourabh Dubey (bluesensus India) did a fact-finding mission with support from Ananda already.
December 9th, 2017- ALDI SÜD Project: Visit of Mangrove afforestation site in Sundarbans
In his function as project co-ordinator Udo Censkowsky visited one of the afforestation sites in Sundarbans recently and met with the responsible women group and mangrove stewards organized by the Indian project partner NEWS.
December 5, 2017 Study on Recirculation Aquaculture Systems published
Naturland e.V. conducted a study, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, concerning the organic food sector positions on Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS). Bluesensus has been part of the research team. Although organic stakeholders interviewed acknowledge the environmental benefits of RAS the majority is against organic certification of RAS. The full study (available only in German language) can be found here.
1st November, 2017 Bluesensus team attends IFOAM Organic World Congress in Delhi
Udo Censkowsky and Sourabh Dubey will attend the IFOAM World Congress in Dehli, India on the 9th and 10th of November. If you are interested to meet us don´t hesistate to get in touch with us. For more Information about IFOAM World Congress, click here.
1st October, 2017 Bluesensus appointed by EU commission to become member of EGTOP
Udo Censkowsky has been appointed to become member of the expert group for technical advice on organic production (EGTOP). He will contribute above all with his expertise in organic aquaculture. First meeting will take on the 9th of October 2017. If you want to learn more: Click here.
2017-08-01 Bluesensus assigned to co-ordinate a CSR-Project of ALDI SÜD
From 2017 until 2020 Udo Censkowsky will coordinate a 3 -year project focusing on restauration of mangrove areas in Costa Rica and India, on improvement of a shrimp fishery project in India as well as on income generating activities for coastal communities.
If you want to learn more: Click here.
2017-02-01 bluesensus team and network strengthened in 2017
Simon Censkowsky and Philipp Censkowsky, sons of Udo Censkowsky, have joined the bluesensus team. Both finish their Bachelor in business administration and/or Political Economics this year and will dedicate a part of their time to assist selected bluesensus projects for the next two years. Udo Censkowsky: “I am happy that both are showing interest in my work. I strongly believe that they will benefit from learning how sustainability projects can be implemented in a private business and/or intercultural context".
In India bluesensus has assigned Sourabh Kumar Dubey to support some of the bluesensus projects. Sourabh will soon finish his PhD in Marine Biology. Sourabh is an expert in aquaculture, mangrove ecosystems and climate adaptation strategies.
In addition, bluesensus has started a co-operation with Blue Sea Aquaculture Pvt. Ltd.. This company is based in Kolkata and has been founded by Apurba Saha. Jointly, we will work on the expansion of organic aquaculture in India and related aquaculture improvement projects.
2017-01-28 Udo Censkowsky at Biofach 2017
Udo Censkowsky will attend the world’s leading organic trade fair Biofach (www.biofach.de). In case you are interested in a meeting, please, don’t hesitate to contact email@example.com.
2016-12-18 Mangrove plantation in Indian Sundarbans
On the 7th of December 2016 bluesensus has visited the mangrove plantation site in Sundarban area. The picture shows the women group caring for the plantation under the guidance of the NGO partner Nature Environment & Wildlife Society. We developed this project on behalf of Ristic GmbH (member of SHORE Group) and Alnatura.
2016-10-17 Bluesensus takes part in Recirculation Aquaculture Systems Project
BÖLN, the German funding program for organic agriculture, has approved a new research project on recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS). The project was submitted by Naturland e.V.. Bluesensus is member of the project’s consortium led by Naturland. Other members are Seafood Advisory, University of Tübingen, University of Kiel and Gesellschaft für Marine Aquakultur.
Main objective is to clarify the position of organic industry stakeholders regarding seafood production in recirculation aquaculture systems.
2016-10-06 Bluesensus at MSC/ASC Info Day in Hamburg
Bluesensus founder Udo Censkowsky will attend the MSC/ASC Info Day at the 7th of November 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Meetings can be scheduled prior to the event. Please, write an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-09-21 Bluesensus now member of the European Aquaculture Society
Since 1976, the European Aquaculture Society EAS cares about sustainable development of European aquaculture. The aim is to develop contacts, share and disseminate information and promote research. Bluesensus has now become member of EAS. More information: www.easonline.org