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Carvers, Conservation and Consumers

Language: English

This is a popular production describing the threats to the sustainability of the hardwood carving industry in Kenya, and the steps being taken to improve the situation.

All over the world - and particularly in Europe, North America and Japan, there are thousands of shops selling beautiful wooden carvings: wooden zebras, elephants and leopards charm the customers who buy them. Very few of the carving importers, shop-owners or the many people buying these carvings realize the ecological impact of this trade. The message of this video is “choose carvings carefully”.

The ‘ecological footprint' of the wooden rhino can be a very heavy one, not only for forest habitat or rare East African wildlife, but ultimately for the woodcarvers themselves. By buying carefully and ordering carvings of alternative woods such as need (Azadirachta indica), mango and jacaranda, buyers can make a choice - and a difference.

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Place/region: Kenya, Tanzania, Africa
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Tony Cunningham, Nick Chevalier Productions
Publisher: WWF; UNESCO
Coproducer/sponsor: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Published in:
Rights: WWF; UNESCO; Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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Original: Video cassette.VHS.Pal
Location: F-H.129
UMVS reference: AUD-DIT/ISS/ARC/0505
File No: AVFONDS-2004-00138-DITARC.MPEG
Rights holder: WWF; UNESCO