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Saving the Wooden Rhino. ©WWF/UNESCO 2004
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Saving the Wooden Rhino

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WWF and UNESCO initiative, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, to promote ethno botany and the increasing involvement of local communities in conservation and sustainable use of plant resources.

Since 1992, People and Plants has mounted integrated programmes of individual and group training, production of information and guidance materials and institution-building in selected countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. Field activities have focused on places and themes of prime conservation importance.

This video illustrates methods used to assess the history and the impact of the carved wood trade and why there is a need for responsible sourcing of woodcarvings. It illustrates the history of the Kenyan woodcarving industry from two perspectives.

On one hand, the Kenyan woodcarving industry as an incredible rural development success, on the other, as a major ecological problem. The video illustrates methods used in a series of research projects funded by the People and Plants Initiative, supporting researchers at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) and Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). It ends by introducing the concept of certification and the common interest carvers should have in a sustainable future of carved wood use - for no wood means no work.

This video has been very versatile in its use, having been seen for example by woodcarvers at Wamunyu (Kenya), 200 woodcarvers in the Masvingo area, Zimbabwe and 200 woodcarving retailers at Nanyuki (Kenya). It has also been shown twice on Kenyan national television (to several million people) as well as being used by at least five African universities.

on this subject: people and plants international, creative solutions for the sustainable use and conservation of plants

Type: Documentary
Extract: 5 min. Total length:
Credits: Tony Cunningham, director. Nick Chevalier Productions, producer ; WWF, producer ; UNESCO, producer. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, co-producer.
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