Hands On: Out of the Woods (2003)

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    Anita Roddick

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    United Kingdom

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Features stories from Africa, Latin America and South East Asia where local communities - of their own accord - are safeguarding their trees for their own welfare. They are: `Coconuts to cars' featuring Bolsa Amazonia, an Amazonian regional programme that facilitates the commercialisation of sustainable Amazonian products. Tells how fibre from coconut husks - once considered a useless by-product - is being transformed into car seats in a factory outside Belem that was set up in co-operation with Daimler-Chrysler, the government, the Amazon Development Bank and Para University; `Made in Miombo' features an agroforestry project run by the Research Institute of Malawi and backed by Britain's Department for International Development, which encourages farmers in the Miombo woodlands area to grow wild fruit trees to boost their nutrition and their incomes; `Forest pharmacy' reports on a project being developed by a village in India working with a local NGO which aims to preserve the local forest and its plants by reviving local use of traditional herbal medicines; `Smart hives' describes an innovative bee hive developed by the Njiro wildlife centre in Tanzania which minimises disruption of the volatile bee colony, is easy to construct and manage and involves less risk for local beekeeping farmers, including growing numbers women; `Measure for measure' about ACOFOP (Asociacion de Comunidades Forestales de Peten) of Guatemala and the scheme for sustainable forest management operating in the region which involves Smartwood certification of timber involving and benefiting the local communities; `Urban jungle' tells the story of a unique partnership between Croydon Council and an ecological enterprise, Bioregional Charcoal, by which the borough's trees are being managed to provide jobs, conserve wildlife and produce sustainable energy. Local woodlands are managed by coppicing and leftover wood not used for timber or firewood is turned into charcoal, or used as fuel by Bedzed, the borough's new futuristic housing project.

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