Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme

Voices from the Forest (in English and Khmer)

August 30, 2016

Voices from the Forest. Balancing Forest Use and Conservation in Southeast Asia. The NTFP Exchange Programme captures on film the stories of indigenous peoples living in or near tropical forests in Southeast Asia, and their dependence on non-timber forest products for their survival as a people and as a culture. Through their voices as well as of some of their supporters, we share in their dreams and aspirations, as well as their fears as the rapidly changing world poses new challenges to their indigenous lifestyles.

We are offered a rare peek into:
– the nomadic Penan’s reliance on sago palm in the face of threats from a large logging company (Malaysia),
– traditional and sustainable harvesting, production and marketing of wild honey in Danau Sentarum (Indonesia),
– the Ikalahan tribe’s struggle to protect their traditional forest by transforming fruits of the forest into jams and jellies for the high-end niche market (the Philippines),
– the Higaonon tribe’s indigenous fabric, the hinabol, tied to traditional management of abaca (Manila Hemp) and the fast-disappearing art of hinabol weaving (the Philippines), and
– the crucial market links provided by the Upland Marketing Foundation and the CustomMade Crafts Center, and their tireless efforts at aiding local communities to develop marketable handicrafts and food products.

Produced by Riak Bumi, Telapak and the NTFP-EP (2005).
DVD copies (43 mins.)

To order this video in English, please contact:
Mr. Ridzki Sigit
Telapak, Jl. Palem Putri III No. 1-3, Komp. Taman Yasmin Sektor V, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Tel: +62 0251 7159902.

For copies in Khmer, please contact:
Community Forestry International (CFI)
#81B, Street 57, ( Corner of St. 398 ),
Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I,
Khan Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh
Tel/Fax: (855-23) 220 714, Tel: (855-23) 221 634