In March 2012, James Laizer, a Maasai conservationist from Tanzania, and Huw Crompton, a leading advocate of fairly harvested hardwoods for musical instruments, will be visiting music colleges and schools to talk about the role that musicians play in preserving valuable tonewoods and delivering sustainable development for some of the world’s poorest people.
African blackwood is the primary component in many woodwind instruments including clarinets, oboes, flutes and recorders. The species is under severe threat due to over-exploitation almost entirely for the music industry.
However, a pioneering project in Tanzania has given communities ownership of the forest and they are now managing the resource in a sustainable way whilst also earning money to pay for community development including clean water systems and healthcare facilities.
During Music and Sustainability, James and Huw will demonstrate how this project is making a huge difference to the lives of people in Africa and explain the role that musicians play in sustainable development and the preservation of forests. (more…)