EcoPlanet Bamboo operates a smallholder farmer model within the company's Eastern Africa operations. These operations target a dual objective of achieving high ecosystem benefits, including a reduction in soil erosion and protection of riparian areas, with ensuring longterm benefits flow to smallholder farmers and landowners.
These operations currently include projects for which EcoPlanet Bamboo serves as the implementation partner:
Water for Growth Restoration Project
Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands the Water for Growth project aims to restore the Secoko Watershed and reduce further soil erosion and siltation of water resources. EcoPlanet developed a nursery to supply this project with select species of clumping bamboos and has successfully planted 150km of riparian buffer zones which are now undergoing maintenance.
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
AWF in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board have undertaken a pilot project towards restoration of areas surrounding the Volcanoes National Park, a key habitat for endangered mountain gorillas, that rely on native species of bamboo as a key food source. EcoPlanet Bamboo is the technical partner for this project.
Read a recent press release on this project here.
All Rwanda based developments build off an extended Feasibility Study, "A Bamboo Based Bio-Economy for Rwanda" commissioned by the Government of Rwanda, IUCN and the German Ministry of Environment.
In addition to the smallholder farmer projects under development, EcoPlanet Bamboo provides advisory services to government institutions, conservation organizations and various partners working towards common goals across Eastern Africa.