"Rwandans have been called upon to embrace planting of bamboo trees as a culture to safeguard the environment and improve socio-economic status of the populace and the nation as a whole.
Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, the director-general of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), made the call, yesterday, as the World marked the Bamboo Day." Click here for the full article
Eco Bamboo Africa prides itself in providing a self-sustainable Bamboo flooring product that is not only high in quality, offers a superior solution and is affordable, but aids in the positive wellbeing of mother earth for future generations. From crop to finish, Eco Bamboo spares no expense to provide a truly eco-friendly product.
Firstly, our bamboo is grown in their natural environment in jungles. No land has been cleared or eco systems destroyed. Our factories, where manufacturing takes place, are found situated centrally in the jungle which reduces transport and thus carbon emissions. The processing plant makes use of steam generated by the bamboo waste to be powered and then operated. Hydro electricity is also used from the nearby streams and rivers. Some electricity is used to operate slicing machine. Great care is taken to keep environmental disturbances to a minimum.
Our success is shown by the high quality of clean air and water of the surrounding the rivers and lakes. Although much has been achieved we continually strive to ensure that we truly are the eco-friendly choice.
Bamboo is changing lives all over the world and as this recent CNN Africa video shows it has also created a whole new industry in Ethiopia. The bamboo trade is growing in size there and some of the products being produces includes bamboo flooring, toothpics and even curtains. Bamboo is also a more sustainability resource than traditional materials such as timber and other hardwoods. Click below to view the full CNN Africa article plus video:
"Two-thirds of the bamboo in Africa is situated in the upwardly-mobile state, and it is hoped that "green gold" can power growth."
INBAR estimates that the global market for bamboo is worth $60 billion and rising, a lucrative prospect for Ethiopian businesses, and potentially a major boost for the wider economy.
The bamboo trade will also benefit from its greater sustainability than rival materials such as timber. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant in the world, capable of growing almost one meter a day, so that stocks can be rapidly regenerated.
A new partnership for African development, through the use of bamboo, was recently announced by the Chinese State Forestry Administration,Inbar and the Netherlands. Through this new initiative they hope to improve rural income, assist land restoration and fight climate change through the development of bamboo resources and so doing stimulate green economic growth.
This is indeed exciting times for Africa and bamboo!
Key activities of the partnership:
• Business development: Survey and assessment of bamboo resources and value chains in East Africa, including business plan development, technology transfer and capacity building on bamboo resource management, processing, product design and marketing.
• Investment promotion: Investor and industry study tours and workshops; trade dialogues on policy, product custom codes and standards; capacity building for African National Standards Bureaus and private sector companies on bamboo standardization.
• Landscape restoration: Planting of bamboo on degraded lands; life cycle analysis and carbon accounting methodology development for industrial bamboo products; and climate financing developed for bamboo reforestation and afforestation projects in Africa and China, as well as durable bamboo products.
Full artilce here: New Netherlands-China partnership to boost Africa’s development using bamboo