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Sustainable Bamboo Development

Sustainable Bamboo Development

Now Published!

By Z Zhu, Formerly Chinese Academy of Forestry, China, W Jin, International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

February 2018 / Hardback / 314 Pages / 9781786394019 £105.00 / €140.00 / $175.00
With 10% online discount: £94.50 / €126.00 / $157.50
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Main Description

This book presents over 40 cases of bamboo development across 22 major bamboo-industry countries and explores the knowledge gained from their successes and failures. It synthesises experiences and exchanges with country experts from international training courses and consultations, study tours, and seminars. Each case includes observations and summaries of discussions related to the development of bamboo-based industries in a healthy, sustainable way, and the facilitation of strategic and balanced development of bamboo in different global regions. Industrial and artisanal bamboo growing and processing is expanding worldwide and this book brings together key experiences to help inform future developments.

This book provides an analysis of bamboo plant features, including strong renewability, fast-growing, and high biomass production. It also reviews important ecological functions of bamboos, such as water and soil conservation, carbon sink and storage, and adaptation to climate change, as well as addressing the diversified culture of bamboo and key issues affecting the sector.

Sustainable Bamboo Development:
- Is authored by an internationally recognised leading expert in the growth and use of bamboo
- Takes a holistic view, covering technical, socio-economic, policy, cultural and business development
- Provides practical knowledge to guide the development of bamboo sectors
- Gives a clear idea and rich examples of what has been attempted in many countries
- Acts as a roadmap for using bamboo as a poverty reduction and environmental security tool

Highly illustrated and in full colour throughout, this book is an essential resource for all those interested in bamboo, from private sector investors to governmental and development agencies, academic researchers and students.


Suitable for decision-makers, policy-makers in government and private sector investors in bamboo countries, as well as international development agencies, and researchers of forestry, sustainable development and land use management.

  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: The Contribution of Bamboo to Human Beings Is Far More Than Is Imagined
  • 3: Key Issues Affecting the Sustainable Development of the Bamboo Sector
  • 4: Develop or Create a Featured Bamboo Industry According to Local Conditions
  • Annex 1: Abstract of the Development Plan for China’s Bamboo Industries (2013–2020)
  • Annex 2: Report on a Chinese Consultancy for The Bamboo Company in Vietnam

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