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Guatemala - Potential for a Bamboo Industry

1st December 2017

EcoPlanet Bamboo Chief Operating Officer, Camille Rebelo leads a workshop for bamboo growers and landowners from across Guatemala.

EcoPlanet Bamboo Chief Operating Officer, Camille Rebelo leads a workshop for bamboo growers and landowners from across Guatemala.

EcoPlanet Bamboo Chief Operating Officer, Camille Rebelo leads a workshop for bamboo growers and landowners from across Guatemala.

EcoPlanet Bamboo, working together with AgExport and a number of local stakeholders have been working towards the framework of a bamboo industry for Guatemala.

Located in Central America, close to EcoPlanet Bamboo's oldest bamboo plantation operations in Nicaragua, the country of Guatemala has an ideal growing climate for bamboo, combined with widely available degraded land, much of which underwent severe deforestation a number of decades ago. Sugar, coffee and bananas have traditionally been the main cash crops, and often the original driver of deforestation.

About a decade ago, a number of private farmers made the decision to grow bamboo, following the provision of misinformation by a number of sources regarding the growing global market for bamboo. Unfortuantely as has been the case in a number of countries and bamboo projects, it's been found that there is no market for raw bamboo, and that value addition into a product that can attain market entry requires a wide range of skills, finance and a significant minimum supply of bamboo fiber.

Having identified these barriers, a number of Guatemalan landowners approached EcoPlanet Bamboo, with an interest to commercialize and industrialize the existing mature bamboo stock available within the country.

For the past 6-8 months EcoPlanet Bamboo has been working with these growers, and a number of organizations within Guatemala, to carry out the feasibility assessments and due diligence necessary to determine the potential, and scale of such a bamboo industry.

These steps came together this week when EcoPlanet Bamboo Chief Operating Officer, Camille Rebelo carried out a presentation and workshop for bamboo growers, investors and other interested stakeholders from across the country. With significant potential and positive interest, this workshop has resulted in the formalization of the plan to industrialize bamboo for Guatemala. EcoPlanet Bamboo CEO Troy Wiseman will carry out the next steps in February 2018.

For more information on Guatemala's emerging bamboo industry and EcoPlanet Bamboo's ability to commercialize existing bamboo stocks, contact us at info@ecoplanetbamboo.com.

For more information on EcoPlanet Bamboo's mission to industrialize bamboo as a viable fiber for major global industries, targeting pulp & paper, textiles, engineered timber and bioenergy, please watch a short video available here.

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EcoPlanet Bamboo Chief Operating Officer, Camille Rebelo leads a workshop for bamboo growers and landowners from across Guatemala.

EcoPlanet Bamboo Chief Operating Officer, Camille Rebelo leads a workshop for bamboo growers and landowners from across Guatemala.