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EcoPlanet Bamboo at New Forests for Africa

14th March 2016

EcoPlanet Bamboo featured alongside Kofi Annan at the New Forests for Africa conference in Ghana, March 2016.

EcoPlanet Bamboo featured alongside Kofi Annan at the New Forests for Africa conference in Ghana, March 2016.

EcoPlanet Bamboo featured alongside Kofi Annan at the New Forests for Africa conference in Ghana, March 2016.

Reforestation and forest landscape restoration as means of combating climate change are now high on the agenda of many governments and organizations, especially in the wake of COP21 in Paris. Close cooperation between businesses and investors is needed to meet this challenge and to develop plantation forestry into a stable and sustainable business that will be beneficial to all involved. The opportunities for all stakeholders are huge.

A number of projects are already in place, and initiatives such as AFR100 are demonstrating a strong commitment, but the pace and scale of operations is still far too low to reverse forest loss.

Working conference in March 2016 in Ghana

The successful creation of new forests requires close, long-term commitment and cooperation between all parties. We believe that it is time for hands on to remove barriers and dramatically boost reforestation. It is for this reason that a working conference was carried out on March 16 and 17, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.
The challenge of reforestation goes far beyond simply planting trees. Its impact on the planet and its inhabitants is far greater. The far-reaching implications and a number of best practices in reforestation were shown and discussed.

EcoPlanet Bamboo showcased the company's mechanisms for attracting non traditional investment while maintaining a focus on ensuring all oeprations meet the most stringenet land use and forestry certifications available. The session also highlighted the importance of Public Private Partnerships such as EcoPlanet Bamboo West Africa's partnership with the Ghana Forestry Commission.

The Honorable Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation attended as the Keynote Speaker. His words “While the priority must remain on preserving our natural forests, the revival of denuded areas through reforestation helps not only Ghana but also the global fight against climate change” highlight EcoPlanet Bamboo's dual mission - of avoided deforestation by the provision of a sustainable, alternative fiber, and the restoration of highly degraded lands and the surrounding communities.

For more information please visit http://newforestsforafrica.org

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EcoPlanet Bamboo featured alongside Kofi Annan at the New Forests for Africa conference in Ghana, March 2016.

EcoPlanet Bamboo featured alongside Kofi Annan at the New Forests for Africa conference in Ghana, March 2016.