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Pernambuco: the wood of discord

2022-09-29T16:24:33.413Z

DECRYPTION - The possible increase in the level of protection of this essence from Brazil, necessary for the manufacture of bows, alarms musicians.



It is an artistic craft that acquired its letters of nobility in France at the end of the 18th century.

It is a profession that could appear in a few years on the list of professions on the verge of extinction.

The match that set fire to the powder, igniting first the confidential environment of bow makers before spreading to the world of violin making and the entire musical sector, is a seemingly innocuous proposal from Brazil.

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In view of the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), from November 14 to 25 in Panama, the country proposes to transfer

Paubrasilia echinata

, an endemic species from the Atlantic Forest of Brazil also called pernambuco, from appendix II to appendix I of the Cites regulations.

“Clearly, it will definitely be impossible for us to restock our pernambuco once our stocks are exhausted

,” fulminates bow maker Edwin Clément.

However, this is essential for the production...

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Source: lefigaro

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