Foster the use of bamboo in agroforestry, food production, building construction, land restoration, rural economic development, wildlife habitat protection, and atmospheric carbon sequestration.
Bamboo is a subfamily of grasses that can act like trees and be used like trees. Unlike many trees, however, some species of bamboo can grow exponentially on degraded land, be managed without pesticides or fertilizer, and sequester significant amounts of carbon over short periods of time. In addition to holding deep cultural significance among many communities, bamboo has the potential to replace resource-intensive materials in products ranging from toilet paper to structural support in buildings. Bamboo’s strong root systems reduce soil erosion, and the plant can be used as a clean source of charcoal for cooking stoves and home heating. While bamboo can be invasive, like many grass plants, it is native to five continents and has the potential to be an essential multipurpose natural climate solution if grown and managed properly.