Bamboo – Carbon Sequestration

Bamboo – Carbon Sequestration Bamboo is a fast-growing, woody member of the grass family. It thrives in a wide range of environmental conditions and sequesters carbon at a rate greater than or equal to that of many tree species. Bamboo matures much faster than trees and sprouts via rhizomes, so it does not require replanting. In fact, harvesting can stimulate the growth of new shoots. Research in Japan and elsewhere has demonstrated that bamboo absorbs as much as 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year, giving the plant a potentially crucial role in stabilising our planet's atmosphere. Bamboo can both sequester carbon for the long term and provide an income stream to rural through the production ans sale of durable products such as flooring, furniture, mats and baskets, cloth, paper, furniture, food, fodder, and charcoal. Unlike other cash crops, bamboo requires little fertilizer and pesticides for its management. At forest ecosystem level bamboo is important for rehabilitation of degraded land, as a timber substitute, for erosion control and watershed protection