The traditional silk handicraft in the border areas of Laos, Vietnam and China is widely promoted. This goes hand in hand with the breeding of silkworms and the reforestation of the cleared primary forests with mulberry trees and bushes. The area (approx. 15,000km2), which has hardly been recorded botanically and zoologically is thus protected from the ever-expanding opium cultivation. After training and passing on the technology the population is able to increase their general income by selling silk products. The beneficiaries are 500 villagers who benefit directly from the training. Indirectly the project creates an economic basis for 12,000 people by weaving products for sale in the surrounding villages.