Crafts for Conservation
- Biodiversity & Sustainability
- Carbon & Forestry
The ethnic communities of the Chittagong Hill Tracts have been master craftsmen for generations. Their intricately beautiful silver and beaded work have shone through especially. However, due to the loss of culture and modernization, these age-old crafts are disappearing. To find alternative income sources and reduce the dependency of forest reliant communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Crafts for Conservation is working to form community-based organizations (CBO) and to create a market their traditional crafts.
By marketing traditional indigenous crafts Crafts for Conservation is providing sustainable and alternative incomes for local communities, empowering women artisans, and reducing local dependency on forest resources. Proceeds from every purchase go directly to the communities through an ethical social business model where they can be applied in a culturally-appropriate manner.