Alongside Peruvian government partners the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) launched its most recent project, known as “Bamboozonia”, with an event attended by more than 60 people at the Comfort Hotel Pichanaki in Pichanaki, a town in the Peruvian Province of Chanchamayo. The full name of the project is “Innovation and promotion of bamboo through action research processes for a resilient agriculture in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (CEP)”. The newly created Bamboo Technical Board of Junín in Argentina was also recognised at this event.
The workshop was attended by high profile local stakeholders such as Versael Díaz Gallardo, Regional Councilor of Junín; Raúl Aliaga Sotomayor, Pichanaki District Mayor; Raphael Paucar, National Coordinator INBAR; Nelly Paredes, Executive Director of the SERFOR Forestry Program; Eduardo Mariño Arquíñigo, President of the Bamboo Technical Board of Junín and Provincial Mayor of Chanchamayo; Franklin Chimanca, Secretary of the Junín indigenous organisation (KANUJA); and various SERFOR officials, representatives of rural producer associations from the central jungle, and economic development officials from the Peruvian municipalities of Satipo, Oxapampa, Mazamari, Pangoa, Villarrica, Puerto Bermúdez, and Rio Negro.
For Franklin Chimanca Pachiri, representative of the Asháninka Nomatsiguenga Indigenous Union of the Pangoa Valley, an organisation that incorporates 57 communities, being part of the Bambuzonía project is “cause for joy, because for the indigenous peoples and nationalities of Peru the struggle is fundamental against climate change”. Likewise, Raphael Paucar, INBAR’s Country Coordinator in Peru, said,
“It is important to bring joy to our population, and part of that joy is to show sustainable alternatives to change local livelihoods, and bamboo is an important tool for that objective. According to INBAR and Kew Gardens’ World Checklist of Bamboos and Rattans, Peru has 73 bamboo species, incorporating both woody and herbaceous species. Bamboo of the Guadua genus grows naturally in the region, with about 4 million hectares measured in the eastern Amazon of the central and south of the country.”
The Executive Director of the Forestry Program at SERFOR, Nelly Paredes, mentioned that there is a population of Guadua bamboo in the northern coastal area of Peru that supples the national market:
“The Bambuzonía project is generating a lot of excitement in the Central Selva Region of the country, not only because bamboo is a multipurpose plant that produces ecosystem services, diversifies livelihoods and improves the economic income of rural producers, but also for the work that INBAR has done in Peru (a founding Member State of INBAR) since 1997 with SERFOR and regional committees.”
The Bamboozonia project seeks to increase the climate resilience of 2200 families located in the Peruvian departments of Junín, Pasco and San Martín; the Colombian departments of Meta and Caquetá and the Ecuadorian provinces of Napo, Pastaza and Morona Santiago. In Peru, the programme will work with about 750 families from 15 indigenous communities and eight groups of guilds and producer associations. Governance in the region will be improved, developing processes and mechanisms to establish a national strategic plan for the bamboo sector. Training will also be carried out to strengthen climate smart practices within a framework of productive diversification, to improve economic income of the beneficiaries by positioning Peruvian bamboo in the national and international market.
This project is funded thanks to the contribution of the International Fund for Agricultural Development with technical assistance from INBAR.
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This article was written by INBAR’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean – INBARLAC.