Community sustainable livelihoods

Community sustainable livelihoods

In 2019 Association Anoulak is initiating a pilot project that will focus on natural resources management including value chain (with potential cultivation, transformation and certification) of native Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and the management of their use by local communities (e.g. regulations on harvest zoning, seasonality, quotas etc.).

Aims of this project:

  1. Facilitate a regional consensus between all stakeholders to establishment regulations on natural resources management use and valorization (focusing on Non-Timber Forest Products, NTFPs)
  2. Support local communities in the development of alternative livelihood projects, with a focus on NTFPs management and valorization (marketing) to contribute to (i) alternative cash income and (ii) improvement of nutritional intake
  3. Reduce unsustainable use and reliance on natural resources (including several globally threatened and endemic species) by local communities in the Nakai-Nam Theun National Park and therefore contributing to global biodiversity conservation

Nakai Women Handicraft Project

We train women in selected villages to produce jewelries from start to finish using as much as possible local materials (fabric, seeds etc.). The finished products are be purchased by Association Anoulak directly from the women participating in the project to bring them an alternative income and then sold to Association Anoulak’s partners for retail (e.g. zoo community). Currently, Anoulak jewelries are sold in several zoos in France and will soon be retailed in other countries. This project also provides the opportunity for fund raising and communication/awareness raising about our work.

You can purchase Anoulak Bracelets from our Etsy shop: BoutiqueAnoulak

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