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Promoting bamboo as a craft and technology application with a view to conserving Taita Hills Forests

Promoting bamboo as a craft and technology application with a view to conserving Taita Hills Forests

This is a local non-goverment organisation which has joined forces with community organisations and the local government to support bamboo plantations and the marketing of bamboo and other non-timber forest products, relieving the pressure for cutting down forests by providing an alternative source of construction materials.

The initiative aims to provide the market with quality bamboo handicrafts, furniture and other items, as well as alternative construction materials. This supports ongoing forest restoration efforts around Taita Hills Forests and also provides rural households with an alternative fuel. The initiative is based on the sustainable management of natural resources. Inspired by growing local demand for alternative timber sources, the initiative focuses on bamboo handicraft production, providing community members with training, alternative livelihoods and a platform for sharing experience. The business is operated by teams of common interest groups (craft and furniture artisans and the Vidasi Vikapu women’s group) alongside partners from the initiative. Products are designed to offer green solutions and will be marketed through local cooperatives. 

  • Set up two bamboo nurseries to ensure a sustainable supply of production materials. - Improve planting and maintenance skills for bamboo nurseries.
  • Train 50 young people and 100 woman artisans in the production of bamboo handicrafts and furniture.
  • Form partnerships with local businesses to create a marketing supply chain, ensuring the products greater market access.

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