Around the World

Green Gold Around the World


Countries around the world are beginning to see the financial and environmental opportunities bamboo offers as more information about bamboo is being shared and more consumers are looking for bamboo products.

India


India has been making headlines with its new policies concerning the ‘green gold’. It all started with India reclassifying bamboo.

In 1927, the Indian Forest Act classified bamboo as a tree and so it was protected from harvesting under this act. However, as we know, bamboo is not a tree, and it is easy to harvest it in a sustainable manner.

It is no longer classified as a tree, and Indians are rejoicing over their new ability to harvest bamboo for its building capabilities as well as is used in food.

In 2018, India announced a National Bamboo Mission and budgeted a significant amount of money towards the bamboo sector holistically. The mission hopes to increase bamboo production in India as well as strengthen the marketing of bamboo-made products.

Ghana


In 2001, Ghana started the National Forest Plantation Development Program which aims to restore forests in degraded landscapes in Ghana. This program plans to add 50,000 hectares of bamboo to the country by 2040.

This amount of bamboo could capture 50 million tons of carbon, provide jobs and financial opportunities for many people, and introduce a new source of food to the diet of Ghanaians.

Ghana has been successful at using bamboo to restore areas degraded by mining operations in particular because bamboo can grow on steep slopes and without too much encouragement.

India, China, and Ghana are not the only countries using bamboo to restore degraded or deforested land. Similar initiatives are being used in Tanzania, South Africa, Nepal, Thailand, and Columbia.

China


China is one of the countries leading the way in using bamboo to restore decimated land and boost the economy of poverty-stricken areas. It is finding that bamboo plantations are helping prevent water runoff, offset the countries carbon footprint, and provide an economically depressed region a financial opportunity.

The two main bamboo initiatives in China started in Chishui and Anji, and both areas experienced an economic upturn not only by selling bamboo but also by offering tourist opportunities to walk through the beautiful bamboo forests.