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Africa turns attention to Bamboo

6th December 2011

EcoPlanet's diversification into South Africa's Eastern Cape, comes at an opportune moment, as climate talks at COP17 shift their focus to bamboo's potential in the region.

Dec 02, 2011 (Reporting Development Network Africa/All Africa Global Media around COMTEX) –
Bamboo, a plant not mostly compared with Africa, is being deliberate as a pivotal to combating dirt plunge and large deforestation on a continent as good as an choice source of energy.

A partnership between several African countries, a International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and China are operative to surrogate bamboo colourless and firewood for timberland timber on that 80 percent of a farming race in sub-Saharan African depends for a fuel needs.

Initial successes with bamboo colourless in Ethiopia and Ghana have placed bamboo biomass during a centre of renewable appetite policies that are spurring seductiveness in countries opposite a continent and call calls for larger investment in bamboo-based colourless prolongation as a ‘green biofuel’ that can quarrel deforestation and lessen a effects of meridian change.

“Bamboo, a ideal biomass grass, grows naturally opposite Africa and presents a viable cleaner and tolerable choice to timber fuel,” pronounced a Director-General of INBAR, Dr Coosje Hoogendoorn, on a sidelines of a United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. “Without such an alternative, timber colourless will sojourn a primary domicile appetite source for decades to come with catastrophic consequences,” she said.

Burning timber also has a poignant impact on a climate. Scientists envision that a blazing of timber fuel by African households will recover a homogeneous of 6.7 billion tons of hothouse gasses into a atmosphere by 2050, ensuing in serve meridian change by clearing of pleasant forest.

The blazing of timber for fuel also claims a lives of an estimated dual million people each year, mostly women and children who breathe a smoke.

Dr Hoogendoorn feared that a continued widespread indoor use of timberland timber colourless as a domicile fuel could means 10 million beforehand deaths by 2030.

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan is a initial to send colourless technologies from China to sub-Saharan Africa to furnish tolerable ‘green biofuels’ regulating locally accessible bamboo resources.

The use of bamboo as a tolerable biomass beginning is driven by a flourishing concerns about energy, health and food confidence and meridian change. The plan is saved by a European Union and a Common Fund for Commodities.

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