Bamboo keeps getting more sustainable as a multipurpose material. It is plant indigenous to Thailand. Our permaculture group consists of individuals, ,volunteer organizations, businesses, non-profits, NGO’s, institutions, and allied design, architecture trade corporations. We all share a common interest in BAMBOO.
Our hope is that this Global Bamboo Resources Directory of bamboo & rattan professionals will further promote the many benefits of these versatile plants. We envision this a very useful directory of bamboo people – a list of practitioners who are leading in their fields, a guide to who is working in specific sectors of the bamboo world, and to whom both organizations can “endorse” as being the very best in bamboo. As it evolves, it will also include the best of the major bamboo businesses – commercial companies – who sell bamboo products.
When you open BamBook, it will appear to be a list of persons, identified first by COUNTRY, then alphabetically by name. Simply choose what country you want to search, and then click on a person’s name, or the organization they represent. From there, you will get the contact info for each expert and a short description of their area of expertise.
BAMBOO STORING CARBON
The latest information tells us that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, land use and land use changes accounted for 24 % of total global emissions. The solution to address this challenge lies in reforestation. Forest are an effective, natural carbon sink, and bamboo should be part of the reforestation initiatives.
– Storing carbon in bamboo forests: Bamboo forest can store significant amount of carbon in both above ground and underground carbon pools. The Moso bamboo forest ecosystem in China has the capacity to store between 102 t C/ha and 289 t C/ha.
– Sequestering carbon with high rate: Bamboos are among the fastest growing plants in the world. With careful management and selective harvesting, the annual rate of carbon sequestration of many bamboo forests can be higher than that of fast growing tree forests. For example, managed Schizostachyum pergracile bamboo in India can sequester over 22tC/ha/year. The bamboo ecosystem can still be productive while continuing to store carbon, as new culms will replace the harvested ones. The lost biomass is usually replaced within a year.
– Providing alternative sources to higher carbon intensity products: Bamboo is a renewable resource and bamboo products have low or even negative carbon emissions. Bamboo helps avoid fossil fuel use and unsustainable deforestation by providing an alternative, highly renewable source of biomass energy. It can be a substitute for wood fuel and charcoal, and be an alternative source for power generation (1 kg of dry bamboo can produce 2.8 m3 gas which generates about 1kwh electricity). Furthermore, the use of bamboo as alternative material to timber reduces pressure on forests for timber supply.
Storing carbon in bamboo products: The many durable products made from bamboo can also be potentially carbon negative because they act as locked-in carbon sinks in themselves and encourage the expansion and improved management of bamboo forests.
We also have to be realistic and admit that we will most likely not be able to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels”. We know that developing countries will be affected most, and that they are least prepared to deal with the effects. Adaptation to climate change is therefore critical.
Bamboo and rattan can help rural communities to become more resilient and less vulnerable to climate change when they include them in sustainable forestry and agro-forestry systems:
– Enhancing natural and agricultural ecosystems: Bamboo and rattan are integral to many natural and agricultural ecosystems in and near the tropics. Bamboos are useful for restoring degraded lands, as they thrive on problem soils and steep slopes that are unsuitable for other crops, and the sturdy rhizomes and roots regulate water flows and prevent erosion.
We organize training courses and coordinate CAPACITY BUILDING activities in Thailand. Our projects include :-
- ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – Promoting Bamboo to reverse deforestation and reduce soil erosion, protect river banks from flooding, backed by large scale planting material production.
- Bamboo Farming System Development – Including Bamboo as part of farming systems to raise income, provide feed and fodder, and increase the resilience of poor rural households.
- Household Energy Production – Developing community partnerships for charcoal production and construction and Carbon credits and income generation. Using bamboo charcoal rather than forest wood in Thailand provides an excellent source of heat, economic opportunities, while saving Thailand forests. Charcoal is used for both heat and cooking in large areas of Thailand and Asia and is seen as a major factor in the decimation of forests and the desertification of parts of the country.
- Livelihood Diversification – Helping plan and develop Bamboo enterprise models for income and community resilience
For more information contact us at PermiesThai@gmail.com