The Climate Change Challenge and Bamboo: Mitigation and Adaptation
December, 2011. Yannick Kuehl, Giles Henley, Lou Yiping. Edited by Andrew Benton. INBAR Working Paper No.65. International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). 28 pages. ISBN: 978-92-95098-07-7
This working paper synthesises the current state of knowledge on the potential of bamboo to contribute to mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Bamboos are fast-growing woody grasses that grow mostly in the tropics and subtropics in mixed forests or as pure stands, and are cultivated in plantations, on homesteads and on farms. Bamboos are grown for their long, usually hollow, stems (called culms) that can be used as whole or sectioned poles and that yield softwood and fibre for processing. Millions of the world’s poor people live with and rely on bamboos for their lives and livelihoods.
Climate change affects all, but will affect the poorest the most. Bamboos helps mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change by:
- Absorbing and storing carbon
- Protecting forests and watersheds
- Insulating environments against extreme weather
- Providing low-cost, green housing and infrastructure
- Providing cleaner biofuels
- Providing renewable, sustainable resource for generating incomes
- Increasing the range and season of food sources
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Keywords: a. Forest Carbon Science, g. REDD+ Strategies & Options, Other Publications, adaptation, bamboo, carbon sink, Climate Change, mitigation, plantation