International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Bamboo site-species matching study conducted in Ethiopia

25 Jul 2021

A study has been conducted in Ethiopia to identify bamboo species in the country. 

A bamboo site-species matching study has recently been conducted to easily identify bamboo species available in Ethiopia. This study aims to generate information, descriptions and preferred uses of the species available in the country. It directly benefits bamboo growers for ease of identification in the field of species and helps local processors and manufacturers to select the best species for the best job; a great step forward to achieve value-added utilisation of bamboo in the country where there is a growing demand for it.

INBAR East Africa Regional Office (EARO) has commissioned the Ethiopian Environment Forestry Research Institute (EEFRI) to undertake the different bamboo species description and site- species matching study along with their potential purposes of utilisation. As a result, a workshop was held to validate the findings of the study with different stakeholders and partners, including research institutions, academia, the Ethiopian Environment, Forestry, Climate Change Commission (EEFCCC), and NGOs. On the workshop, held on July 03, 2021, three presentations on the findings of the study were made by the study group from EEFRI, on species-site suitability for highland, for lowland, and for exotic bamboo species of Ethiopia. The findings of the study also identified the ecological conditions, growth characteristics, local and industrial uses of all species in the country. The study group is now expected to incorporate points raised in the validation workshop for the final publication of the findings and dissemination.

Ato Kebede Yimam, forest sector deputy commissioner of the EEFCCC, in the opening remarks of the validation workshop, stated the contribution of INBAR for the development of the bamboo sector in Ethiopia is indispensable and added that EARO has been working hand in hand with the commission to promote bamboo as a sustainable option for environmental management and community-based economic activities. Following that, Selim Reza, Programme Manager of the Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme, made a brief presentation about INBAR interventions in Ethiopia and East Africa region.The Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme Phase II, in collaboration with partners, plans to publish technical papers and journal articles out of the findings of the study. This programme aspires to enhance the bamboo business and trade environment in three East Africa countries – Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The site-species matching study is just a small part of its effort to generate evidence-based recommendations for bamboo plantation, management and use in the region, this year the Ethiopian national council for standardisation recently adopted seven national standards on bamboo construction and treatment.