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Webinar reveals crucial links between craft and forests

@Lily Villanueva. L-R. Chieftain Linda Francia, Marcelino Francia “Bantay Gubat” and Twinkle Ferraren.

Woven Networks Sharing Sessions is an online webinar happening on 30 August – 2 September featuring craft changemakers from the Philippines and the UK. Speakers will present stories and findings from Woven Networks, a research grant programme aiming to grow forest resources and livelihood by strengthening the role of artisans in sustainable development.

‘Through Woven Networks, we wanted to highlight the importance of craft in responding to global challenges, such as climate change and social inclusion. The interdependence between livelihood, forests and culture is not always understood,’ shares Malaya del Rosario, Head of Arts at the British Council. ‘In partnership with the Forest Foundation, we awarded grants to trusted intermediaries – designers, academics and development experts. We were able to map fifteen craft communities in the Philippines, from weaving cooperatives in Isabela to the indigenous Higaonon weavers in Bukidnon.’ ###

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