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Climate change is one of the most significant challenges currently facing our planet and one that is most severely impacting globally. This presentation will discuss the impact of climate change to sericulture and weaving communities in Laos by adapting and preserving our culture heritage through mulberry farming, silkworm raising, natural dyes and traditional weaving. Mulberries is a representative family silk farming and handicraft cooperative in Laos to advance an ecological, economic, cultural and socially sustainable Lao silk and handicraft enterprise that improves villager’s livelihood.


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Speaker: Mr. Noynith Chanthamith

General manager of Lao Sericulture and Agrocology Promotion or Mulberries and he is also the director of Candlelight Language and Vocational Training Center. Noynith graduated master degree in rural development and management studies from China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. His research is focused on the factor influence Unemployment among higher education graduated in Lao PDR. his currently work at Mulberries focusing on supporting farmers and women weavers in rural areas with the aim to advance an ecological, economic, cultural and socially sustainable Lao silk and handicraft enterprise that improves villager’s livelihood. The most important part of his work is to ensure that the environmental, cultural and artistic resources are safeguarded for future generations. 

Moderator: Ms. Tara Gujadhur

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (www.taeclaos.org), a cultural heritage social enterprise dedicating to celebrating the cultural diversity of Laos. Tara has a BA in Anthropology and an MSc in Tourism, Environment, and Development, and over 20 years of experience in sustainable tourism, handicraft development, and cultural heritage management throughout Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. She has been based in Luang Prabang, Laos for the past 17 years.

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