Location | RAAS, Nicaragua
Species | Guadua aculeata
Certifications | FSC, VCS, CCBA
Annual Yield | 280,000 tons

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Location | Eastern Cape, South Africa
Species | Bambusa balcooa, Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Certifications | FSC
Annual Yield | 25,000 tons

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Location | Ashanti Region
Species | Dendrocalamus asper, Bambusa textilis
Certifications | Planned for 2018
Annual Yield | 750,000 tons

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Central America

Location | RAAS, Nicaragua
Species | Guadua aculeata
Certifications | FSC, VCS, CCBA
Annual Yield | 280,000 tons

EcoPlanet Bamboo’s Nicaragua bamboo plantations are split between 3 unique farms within the El Rama area of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast. This area underwent severe deforestation during the 1970s and 1980s for agriculture. Once exposed to severe rainfall, the shallow top soil was quickly eroded, and productivity of the soils rapidly decreased. Agriculture was stopped, and low intensity cattle farming occurred, resulting in high levels of soil compaction. Native Guadua aculeata bamboo is one of the few plants that is able to withstand these conditions. EcoPlanet Bamboo has been investing into these certified bamboo plantations in Nicaragua since 2011. They have been grown from seed and represent the first commercial plantations of Guadua Bamboo globally.

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Southern Africa

Location | Eastern Cape, South Africa
Species | Bambusa balcooa, Oxytenanthera abyssinica
Certifications | FSC
Annual Yield | 25,000 tons

EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa's Kowie Bamboo Farm is located in the Eastern Cape agricultural belt. The farms in this area were under intensive chemical agriculture for the production of pineapples for over a century, resulting in soils that are highly depleted. With the decline of investment into South Africa’s pineapple industry many of the farms in this area went out of production. This certified bamboo plantation is focused on the production of naturalized Bambusa balcooa grown from tissue culture plantlets. EcoPlanet Bamboo investments into R&D were critical to the success of the Kowie Bamboo Farm. It represents the first bamboo plantation globally to successfully transition tissue culture plantlets to a commercial plantation setting.

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West Africa

Location | Ashanti Region
Species | Dendrocalamus asper, Bambusa textilis
Certifications | Planned for 2018
Annual Yield | 750,000 tons

EcoPlanet Bamboo West Africa has undertaken a Public Private Partnership with the Ghana Forestry Commission for the development of commercial bamboo plantations and has committed significant investments into these operations. These bamboo plantations are located in the Ashanti Region, in an area that underwent severe deforestation in the 1970s. The two adjacent bamboo plantations represent a unique and innovative relationship in a country whose forestry sector has traditionally been focused on the production of teak. Investment into the planting of the EcoPlanet Bamboo West Africa plantations began in 2015 and is well underway.

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