Can Bamboo Reduce Deforestation?
30th May 2015
The New Generation Plantations project collects knowledge and good practices in plantation forestry in order to promote better plantation management.
As an active participant, EcoPlanet Bamboo is showcasing the investments the company has made into sustainable bamboo plantations in Nicaragua as an example of how integrated ecosystems at the landscape scale can provide a suite of ecological benefits, while still providing the benefits and raw resources of commercial plantations. The private sector plays a crucial role in leading the way for the scaling up of such investments into sustainable and new generation plantations.
This article featured on the New Generations Plantations website and can be accessed here.
CAN BAMBOO HELP REDUCE DEFORESTATION?
Troy Wiseman is the CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo. Bamboos greatest advantage is its ability to be grown on degraded and marginal land, thus not competing with food security, and produce a vast volume of fiber on an annual basis, without the need for replanting. Therefore not only does its production provide a fiber that reduces pressure on natural forests, whether that represents fiber to replace kraft pulp currently used in toilet paper and sourced from old growth boreal forests in Canada and Russia, to fiber that can replace dissolving pulp for textiles and clothing which is currently sourced from the clearing of primary tropical forests in Indonesia and elsewhere, but it can be a valuable tool for successful restoration, particularly if native species are grown. However, stringent controls are required to ensure that bamboo remains a tree free, deforestation free solution. To achieve this, EcoPlanet Bamboo believes in certification and independent auditing as a means to determine a global benchmark for bamboos commercial production.
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