International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

A boost for bamboo in Peru

12 Dec 2014

During a visit to the bamboo house at COP 20, Marisol Espinoza, Peru’s Vice President, offered to work to include promotion of bamboo housing in a national programme.

Peru has abundant bamboo resources, and is one of two countries in Latin America with which INBAR is working on an EU-funded project to develop resilience to the effects of climate change using bamboo. The project has already trained hundreds of builders in constructing with bamboo, and has set up a national network of stakeholders at all levels who decide how the project should progress. A major result already has been the development of bamboo building codes, which allow legalisation of bamboo buildings.

With the support of the Vice President, INBAR and the project partners will build a communal house and a communal hostel for rural producers in Piura in the north of the country, so these can be replicated in the future by local and national authorities. She also asked INBAR to help organise a bamboo construction training workshop and to promote the use of bamboo for housing. The Vice President herself hails from Piera and has strong links with the rural producers cooperative NORANDINO, whose members are participating in two bamboo projects.