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Bamboo for Carbon Neutrality in Rural Areas: Commencement of 2nd Workshop in Decent Employment Workshop Series
Within the project framework of “Conservation and Management of World Heritage Sites in China” Phase IV (2021-2024), in 2021, UNESCO joined hands with the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) to upgrade the sustainable livelihood pilot activity in Chishui under the title “Bamboo for Carbon Neutrality in Rural Areas”. This enhanced pilot activity focuses on the themes of rural revitalization and low-carbon development, and seeks to help Chishui develop systematic capacity building mechanisms in bamboo industries, to enhance sustainability of bamboo handicraft production, and to encourage young people to engage with bamboo handicraft as a decent and “cool” job. The pilot activity also draws from the abundant bamboo resource in Chishui to launch pilot research on low-carbon development in rural areas to increase their climate resilience.
As an integral component of local talent cultivation, the “Decent Employment” workshop series was launched in December 2021, and the first 1-month workshop on bamboo weaving was organized. Follow-up survey on the 25 women who participated in the workshop showed that 10 women successfully found jobs making bamboo weaving in local enterprise.
To consolidate the outcomes of the first workshop, the project continues collaboration with INBAR, Chishui Municipal People’s Government and Chishui Forestry Bureau and organized the second Decent Employment workshop from 13 to 27 April 2022 at the Chishui Jinxiu Community Poverty Alleviation Workstation. While continuing to enhance capacity of participant on bamboo weaving techniques, the second workshop incorporates the important subject of promoting traditional handicrafts through new media, in order to broaden participants’ vision on living heritage as a decent means of livelihood.
During the opening session, Professor Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Beijing Office, expressed thanks to the support from INBAR, Chishui Municipal People’s Government and Chishui Forestry Administration, and emphasized that pilot efforts in Chishui on rural revitalization and low-carbon development have potential of benefiting other heritage sites in China and around the world. Mr. Lv Chuan, Vice Mayor of Chishui Municipality, noted that this workshop is a precious opportunity; he mentioned that Chishui places high emphasis on the safeguarding and transmission of bamboo weaving as an entry point of rural revitalization, which now provides jobs to over 2000 people in Chishui and generates annual revenue of over 15 million CNY. Also present at the opening session were Mr. Mao Tangrong, CPC Group Member of Chishui Forestry Administration, and Mr. Yuan Qiang, CPC Group Member of Chishui Municipal People’s Government.
In the sharing session that followed, the Culture Unit of UNESCO Beijing Office introduced the background and objectives of the overall project framework as well as the design and planning of the World Heritage sustainable livelihood activities. Ms. Li Yanxia, Senior Programme Officer of INBAR introduced the detailed activities under the “Bamboo for Carbon Neutrality in Rural Areas” pilot activity, and the great potential of bamboo industries and living heritage handicrafts in achieving the Double Carbon Targets, i.e. peaking carbon emissions before 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality before 2060. Mr. He Cong, CEO of Jianglin Fenghua, an influential MCN agency specialized in the field of living heritage communication, introduced through numerous case studies how to tell stories of living heritage handicrafts on social media, and making young people fall in love with traditional skills.
In the coming 15 days, participants will learn skills and at the same time work for the bamboo weaving workstation on procurement orders. This mode of synergizing capacity building and income activity will achieve a win-win between living heritage transmission and community livelihood enhancement. The workshop will contribute to making bamboo weaving a decent source of income for local communities, promoting economic development, and revitalizing rural areas.