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Serving Sri Lanka

This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Social and environmental impacts of seashell harvesting

This is an urgent request circulated through the yahoo group Sri Lanka-NGO-List. Hilary Murdoch is with Imapct Limited, an organization whose role is to empower and support individuals, organisations and companies to gradually transform the way they work, bringing about positive social change.
Dear All,
I am doing some research on behalf of a UK garment retailer whois making clothes with seashells sewn onto them. I am trying toinvestigate the social and environmental impacts of seashell harvesting and I wonder if you have any leads or information. I work for an ethicalconsultancy which advises retail companies on improving environmentaland social conditions in their supply chains.
Maybe you know of a journalist that has written an article aboutthis, a group that has done work on this or could give me the emailaddress of someone who might be able to help me? the garments are madein India but I do not know where the shells come from - potentially SriLanka, the Philippines, South Pacific or Indonesia?
Please do contact me directly if you have any relevantinformation. I need to collect this information really fast - really before the end of tomorrow!
I look forward to hearing from you, Kind regards, Hilary Murdoch (UK), Impactt Limited tel: +44 20 7242 6777 fax: +44 20 7242 6778 hilary@impacttlimited.com web: www.impacttlimited.com

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