Saturday, 25 May 2019

Bamboo, a High Impact Environmental and Social Alternative

 

Co-executers:         CEDERENA Coastal Region, Provincial Government of Manabí and
Development Agency of the Province of Manabí

Location:                   Provinces of Manabí, Los Ríos, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas
and Pichincha

Execution period:    2008-2011

“It’s a very united community.  When we market our products, four or five partners first get together.  We cut an agreed amount of bamboo cane and then we work on the order”

Of the more than 1,200 species of bamboo, the caña brava (wild cane) that exists naturally in Ecuador is unique.  Its uses and benefits, both ecological as well as economic and social, are countless.  Since 2002, FECD has promoted several projects as a means of contributing to natural resource management, with emphasis being placed on the bamboo cane.  Newly appreciated, this cane generates a development alternative and contributes to improving the living conditions of the rural people.

Technical management of this resource and appropriate marketing have resulted in improved productivity and revalued the sale price, thereby providing higher family income.

 

“We plant the crop on the river banks to ensure water supplies during the dry period in summer”