FW: Butterflies in Kenya GEF proj (fwd)

WESTCOTT Richard L rwestcot at ODA.STATE.OR.US
Fri Dec 23 10:56:43 CST 1994

Something of interest to many of us I am sure.  It is part of a larger message.

I don't give the usual pardon for cross-postings, as they can hardly be helped!

Rick Westcott <rwestcot at oda.state.or.us>
To: WESTCOTT Richard L
From: HILBURN Daniel J on Fri, Dec 23, 1994 8:12
Subject: FW: Butterflies in Kenya GEF proj (fwd)

Rick, an article from Leps-L that might interest you.  DJH
To: Multiple recipients of list LEPS-L
From: Lepidoptera List (LEPS-L) on Fri, Dec 23, 1994 6:21 AM
Subject: Butterflies in Kenya GEF proj (fwd)

I thought I would forward this to Leps-L/SBEL.
Merry Christmas to all!

Hank Brodkin                              "Biological diversity is the
Marina Del Rey, CA                        key to the maintenance of the
hankb at kaiwan.com                          world as we know it."
33.58'24"N 118.27'39"W                    E. O. Wilson, 1992

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Date: 23 DEC 94 08:56:13 EET
From: mnummelin at cc.helsinki.fi
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Subject: Butterflies in Kenya GEF proj (fwd)

/* Written  4:52 AM  Nov 23, 1994 by theearthtime in igc:earthtimes */
GEF program in Kenya
By Tim Ward

In Kenya, butterflies are helping to preserve the largest remaining
coastal forest in East Africa. A few years ago a survey revealed that half
the people in the area thought the forest should be cleared for farming,
despite the fact that many relied on it for fuel wood, medicines and food.
The forest is also home to one-third of Kenya's butterfly species, many of
them in great demand by collectors worldwide.

Then the Kenya Museum Society hit upon the idea of sustainable butterfly
harvesting to increase local community incomes, and the GEF Small Grants
Program funded the project. Each month, 50 households, specially trained
in butterfly rearing, are supplied with 50 larvae apiece. When the larvae
grow into pupae, they are air freighted to a dealer in London, earning the
growers about US $50 monthly. (Kenya's annual per capita income is about
US $250).

"It shows people that wildlife can be valuable in unexpected ways," says
Gerlindo Darnhofer of the Museum Society.

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