Bush Melee
(Caribbean)

Bush Melee will be aired as part of a broader radio magazine, Bush Talk, which discusses issues of how to use the forests and its resources in a ways that will make sure we can continue to get food and clean water for our children’s generations.

Bush Talk and Bush Melee have been developed as part of a workshop that was facilitated by St Vincent Department of Forestry, CANARI and PCI Media Impact held in late 2011 in Kingstown, St Vincent that involved eleven representatives of local civil society organizations and state agencies that work in areas related to forest management.

Bush Talk and Bush Melee were both written and produced during this workshop to focus on local values and issues in St Vincent. These efforts are part of overall public education and outreach effort funded by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UNFAO) to promote community involvement in forest management to benefit local livelihoods.

Participants in the programme also gained hands-on experience in how to use entertainment education that they can use later in their individual organizations for their public education activities.

The four episodes of Bush Talk and Bush Melee will will air across St Vincent from Wednesday 29 February at 5:15pm on Radio NBC.

Bush Melee is a new local radio mini drama about love, life and livelihoods around St Vincent. Tune in to meet Mavis, a jewelry maker who is struggling to single handedly look after her six children to Mr Pappyshow who is known by all for his bad attitude and taste for rum.

As listeners follow the fast paced twists and turns in the character’s lives, important values around their relationship to the environment become clear. Values including the negative impact of slash and burn agriculture on the forest and the importance of a healthy environment to being able to put food on the dinner table of their families.

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