Carving Out a Future: Forests, Livelihoods and the International Woodcarving Trade

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A. B. Cunningham, Bruce Morgan Campbell, Brian Murray Belcher, Unesco, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Earthscan, 2005 - Nature - 293 pages
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Very little has yet been written about the cultural or economic contributions of woodcarving to people's livelihoods or the consequences of felling hardwood and softwood trees for the international woodcarving trade. Carving Out a Future is the first examination of this trade and its critical links to rural livelihoods, biodiversity, conservation, forestry and the international trade regime. A range of case studies from Australia, Bali, India, Africa and Mexico provides a lens for examining the critical issues relating to the significant impacts of woodcarving on forests, conservation efforts, the need to promote sustainable rural livelihoods and efforts to promote trade so that skilled artisans in developing countries get a fair economic return. Livelihoods, Carving and Conservation * Global Overview * The Case of Woodcarving in Kenya * Drums and Hornbills * Sculpture and Identity * Carving Wood in Southern Zimbabwe * The Kiaat Woodcrafters of Bushbuckridge, South Africa * Carvers, Conservation and Certification in India * Colour, Sustainability and Market Sense in Bali * Aboriginal Woodcarvers in Australia * BurseraWoodcarving in Oaxaca, Mexico * Linaloe Wood Handicrafts * Learning from a Comparison of Cases * Carving, Sustainability and Scarcity * Certification of Woodcarving * Planning for Woodcarving in the 21st Century *

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Chapter 1 Livelihoods Carving and Conservation
Chapter 2 Global Overview
Chapter 3 Chasing the Wooden Rhino
Chapter 4 Drums and Hornbills
Chapter 5 Sculpture and Identity
Chapter 6 Fallbacks and Tourist Traps
Chapter 7 Bowls Spoons and Other Useful Items
Chapter 8 Carvers Conservation and Certification in India
Chapter 11 Fantasy Figures
Chapter 12 Linaloe Wood Handicrafts
Chapter 13 Getting Out of the Woods
Chapter 14 Ecological Footprints
Chapter 15 Certification of Woodcarving
Chapter 16 Carving Out a Future

Chapter 9 Colour Sustainability and Market Sense in Bali
Chapter 10 Too Many Trees

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Anthony Cunningham is an ethnobotanist working at Charles Darwin University in Western Australia. He is also Director of People and Plants International. Brian Belcher is Principal Scientist for the Forests and Livelihoods programme at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia. Bruce Campbell conducts research on conservation and development issues for both Charles Darwin University and CIFOR.

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