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Kasbah Tamadot: The Eve Branson Foundation and COP22

It’s been a busy month for the Eve Branson Foundation team with the recent United Nations conference on climate change (COP22) held in Marrakech from 7-18 November 2016. The COP22 is an annual event where representatives from 200 countries come together to set out a framework for action on climate change. The Conference of Parties (COP) is a legally binding global climate target with all parties working together with the aim of capping climate change well below an average rise of two degrees Celcius in the global temperature.

Under SecretaryCathy Novelli visiting the craft house

For the Eve Branson Foundation, COP22 provided a platform to share efforts in the areas of social growth, community development and sustainability at a local level. During the two week event, COP22 delegates were welcomed to experience first-hand projects aimed at empowering young people in the Atlas Mountains. Excursions included a visit to the Tamgounssi Weaving Centre to see how the women there make beautiful hand sewn and woven items. Cathy Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment from the US, tweeted about her experience meeting these remarkable women.

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Under SecretaryCathy Novelli visiting the Weaving Workshop in Tamgounssi

Under SecretaryCathy Novelli visiting the Weaving Workshop in Tamgounssi

After their visit, the group enjoyed a scenic rooftop lunch at Kasbah Tamadot before heading off to see the High Atlas Foundation’s walnut processing facility.

As well as facilitating these excursions, the Eve Branson Foundation was given the opportunity to showcase some of the products created in the region as part of the Minyadina craft market in Marrakech. This was fantastic for the craft centres to individually talk about their programmes whilst at the same time increasing their exposure to larger international markets. One of the highlights was when Fatema Marouane, Moroccan Minister of the Artisanat (Handicrafts, Social, Economy & Solidarity) visited the booth. She has been extremely supportive of the Foundation’s initiatives so was fantastic to show her some of the hand-made products first hand.

Moroccan Minister of Artisanat Fatema Marouane with Eve Branson Foundation volunteers

The Eve Branson Foundation booth at the Minyadina craft market

At any one time across the three centres, between 50 and 70 young people are being taught life changing skills. Training programmes are free to attend and are a fantastic way to combine traditional methods with contemporary design techniques. The ultimate goal is to empower each individual to produce high-quality goods from sustainable materials and sell these to visitors to the region, helping to create prosperity and self-sufficiency.

Fatema Marouane, Moroccan Minister of the Artisanat visiting the craft house

If you would like to purchase one of these ethically produced handwoven carpets or floor runners or find out more about our range of hand-carved Berber wooden jewellery and gifts, please contact the Eve Branson Foundation team by email at ebf@kasbahtamadot.virgin.com. More details can be found on their website – evebransonfoundation.org.uk/

The Eve Branson Foundation also specialise in bespoke and large orders and source wood offcuts from surrounding orchards so each piece has a positive story of social and environmental sustainability.