Bamboo for Sustainable Construction and Rural Value Chain Development in Bhutan: A Pilot Project

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Bamboo for Sustainable Construction and Rural Value Chain Development in Bhutan: A Pilot Project

Bhutan

2012
2014

Bamboo for Sustainable Construction and Rural Value Chain Development in Bhutan: A Pilot Project

Bhutan is currently experiencing increased construction productivity. This has contributed to a loss of 1,84 million cubic feet of timber in the early 2000s. Due to rising prices and shrinking supply of timber, many people switch to unsustainable housing alternatives such as concrete. To address this issue, this project promoted the usage of bamboo as sustainable construction material. Under this project, bamboo management training was carried out. Bamboo plantations were set up. Training on using bamboo as construction material and training on the construction of buildings was also provided. An established rural value chain now enables the sustainable supply of bamboo raw material and the building of sustainable bamboo housing while providing an important income generating opportunity.

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