EcoPlanet Bamboo's Contribution to Combating Desertification
17th June 2016
June 17th is the World Day to Combat Desertification, observed globally by Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) since 1994.
EcoPlanet Bamboo's certified bamboo plantation operations target heavily degraded and denuded lands, where continued deforestation leads to environmental issues including loss of critical top soil, loss of water tables, and loss of biodiversity. Our operations are designed to regenerate the core functions of an ecosystem - water, soil, carbon and biodiversity - reversing the trend of desertification.
In Africa, where desertification is a pressing issue, EcoPlanet Bamboo has approximately 30,000 acres under management in both West and Southern Africa. Carefully selected species of clumping timber bamboo are planted inbetween remnant forest patches and standing trees, creating diverse ecosystems that also meet growing global demands for fiber, thereby reducing pressure on remaining trees, woodlands and forests.
Globally, our operations are reversing the negative effects of deforestation and forest degradation on more than 40,000 acres, and providing much needed employment for more than 1,000 families in some of the poorest parts of the planet.
EcoPlanet Bamboo's certified plantation operations have been showcased by UNCCD's Global Mechanism, FAO's Forest Landscape Restoration Mechanism, the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and by global initiatives such as Initiative 20x20 and AFR100 for the positive environmental and social impacts that business can have, through our unique model of conscious capitalism.< Back to news < Download article