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Biodiversity in Bamboo Forests: a policy perspective for long term sustainability « Working Papers « Downloads

Date postedOctober 31, 2012
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CategoriesWorking Papers
AuthorLou Yiping and Giles Henley


Bamboo forests are unique in their ability to meet economic and social objectives of providing timber, development and raising rural incomes rapidly and over a sustained period of time. China’s example has shown that by changing their management practices, farmers are able to get richer through significantly increasing the supply of timber to markets without depleting the source of this timber – a relatively uncommon phenomenon in the forestry sector.

However, recent changes in practices are altering bamboo forest structure and biodiversity with negative effects. INBAR’s Bamboo Biodiversity Project examined current practices and policies to determine causes, as well as interventions to halt the loss in biodiversity and subsequent degradation of forests.

This report presents the project’s general findings, and suggests what changes are needed to ensure healthy development of China’s bamboo forests, as a key component to its forestry sector.