BAMBOO'S CLIMATE CHANGE POTENTIAL
If grown as a deforestation free crop, bamboo has the potential to remove vast volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store this carbon in a long term biological carbon sink representing one of the most effective nature based solutions for addressing climate change. Bamboo's relatively fast growth rate means that these carbon removals occur in a short time period in comparison to other trees, with the majority of the carbon benefits being realized within ten years after planting.
The unique growth pattern of giant timber bamboo species allows for a permanent bamboo forest, even under a sustainable harvesting regime. The removal of select poles from each plant each year does not kill the bamboo plant, but in contrast stimulates further growth, with these poles and the carbon sink that they represent, being replaced during the following year's growing season.
These combined benefits make bamboo one of the most effective plants in the fight against global climate change, while providing both mitigation and adaptation benefits.
VERIFIED CARBON OFFSETS
EcoPlanet Bamboo is the only entity globally to have developed a verified system for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of bamboo's climate change benefits. Our Nicaragua Bamboo Farms were validated under the Verified Carbon Standard in 2013, and verified in 2015, representing the only accredited bamboo carbon offsets in the world.
These integrated bamboo plantations are removing and storing more than 1,500,000 tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide over a 20 year monitoring period, while still allowing for sustainable annual harvesting to occur.