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.