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In traditional cultures, non wood forest resources such as monkey oranges have been employed in crafting utility items for daily use. A research was conducted by Lusaka National Museum entitled "Monkey Orange as an Interactive Tourism Resource".

The research revealed that monkey oranges were versatile, abundant and renewable resource. The research further revealed that monkey oranges are also an educational and recreational resource, which is user and environmentally friendly. Monkey oranges have a wide use ranging from household items, musical instruments, educational and recreational models with artistic impressions and designs. Monkey oranges can therefore, be utilized in various ways to meet different needs such as tourism. Its user friendly and highly degradable properties qualify the material for an environmentally friendly resource.

The main objective of the research was to promote the full utilization of indigenous fruit shells in crafts production for environmental sustainability and ethno tourism in line with the Millennium Development Goal on Environment and Sustainability. Other areas explored included the determination of the impact of crafts making on the forest environment in Chief Mukuni's village in the Southern Province of Zambia and propose alternative ways of crafts making that is environmentally friendly and culturally oriented through the use of monkey oranges. The project was conducted through combined efforts with MIAPEN Zambia Crafts and Commonwealth Forestry Association-Zambian Branch.

The outputs were:

"Documented indigenous Ecological Knowledge, traditional crafts systems and practices, contemporary crafts systems and practices of the Toka-Leya people of Southern Zambia. " A three day workshop on crafting monkey oranges, as an alternative way to cultural and environmentally friendly tourism products at Livingstone Museum "A one month temporal exhibition at Livingstone Museum

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