|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||30 Aug 2011|
This project will catalyse forest conservation in the 433,000 hectare Ampiyacu-Apayacu Regional Conservation Area in the northern Peruvian Amazon by empowering native communities to sustainably harvest and market value-added non-timber forest products including essential oils and innovative fair-trade handicrafts as an alternative to destructive logging and cash-crop agriculture. The project will expand from its pilot project work in the Bora village of Brillo Nuevo to three new villages that include Huitoto, Ocaina, and Yagua natives.
Specific objectives are:
The project will also work with communities to sustainably harvest chambira palm trees and other plants used in making handicrafts. We will survey palm trees in fallow farm fields with artisans, promote careful palm-stem harvesting and support enhanced planting of palms and dye plants in backyard gardens, farm fields and forest sites.
2) Produce essential oils from aromatic plants.
The project team will distil resin lumps from copal trees, leaves and other parts from other aromatic plants to measure the yield and quality of essential oil from diverse species. Fragrance and essential oil specialists will evaluate samples for commercial potential.
3) Promote the creation and marketing of high-quality handicrafts.
The project team will work with native artisans to refine designs for crafts developed in the project’s first year that include belts, guitar straps, net shopping bags, and trivets and create new types of crafts including dog collars and leashes, jewellery, holiday tree ornaments, and cell-phone holders for test marketing. We will encourage artisan cooperation to promote skill sharing, quality control, marketing and long-term supply for plants used in making crafts and gather information, images, and videos of artisans and communities to build public connections to the people, places and plants linked to these crafts and explain how buying them supports forest conservation and community wellbeing.
Read about Campbell's previous project http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/campbell_plowden or for more information contact: