Project Highlight: Eco-Friendly, Pro-Poor Bamboo Production

A massive earthquake wreaked unimaginable devastation in Sichuan Province in May 2008, claiming over 80,000 lives and leaving over 5.5 million homeless and displaced.  The damage was catastrophic, leaving a huge demand for re-construction materials. Adding to the challenges,  Sichuan has a growing population of over 80 million people and annual GDP growth of 9%, which places increasing pressure on natural resources. The potential environmental impacts from post-disaster economic recovery coupled with general growth were enormous.

Sichuan is home to 17% of China’s bamboo resources, yet Sichuan accounts for just 4 percent of China’s total bamboo market (€7.3 billion per annum).

Funded by the EU and Citi, the Eco-Friendly, Pro-Poor Bamboo Production project is designed to create employment opportunities for rural communities in post-disaster Sichuan through the development and growth of the local bamboo sector. The project is working to promote sustainable production and consumption practices in the local bamboo sector, including attracting local and foreign investors and promoting the adoption of provincial earthquake-resistant bamboo building codes.

  • Donor: Switch Asia Programme, European Union; Citi Foundation
  • Location: Sichuan Province, P.R. China

Watch a documentary film on the project below.

To learn more about the project, visit the Eco-Friendly, Pro-Poor Bamboo Production project wiki site.