International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Manabí has ​​its Workshop School in sustainable constructions with bamboo

1 Jul 2021

80 students during 12 months will be trained in sustainable constructions with bamboo to obtain certifications for labour competencies.

During 12 months, students of the first cycle will be trained on constructions with bamboo

In the Calderón Parish, located in the Province of Manabí in Ecuador, the “Workshop School: Sustainable constructions with bamboo” was launched, within the framework of the project “Support for sustainable construction through the Manabí workshop school and strengthening the production chain of bamboo construction ”, financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), with technical support from the International Organization of Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), the Mons. Cándido Rada Educational Foundation (FUNDER) and the Autonomous Decentralized Municipal Government of Portoviejo.

The topics that will be addressed in the Workshop School will range from the introduction to bioclimatic and sustainable constructions to the evaluation, maintenance and repairs of structures built with bamboo, which will be taught by several specialized instructors nationwide.

The opening ceremony counted with the participation of Elena Madrazo, ambassador of Spain in Ecuador; Graciela Sánchez, director of the Mons. Cándido Rada Educational Foundation – FUNDER; Daniel Carofilis, Director of International Cooperation GAD Portoviejo; Leonel Muños, General Director of the Sanitation Project; Pedro Navia, President of the Calderón Parish Board; Rafael Ruipérez Palmero, Acting General Coordinator of the Spanish Cooperation in Ecuador; Wini Smith, Team Leader of the PR2 project of the European Investment Bank and Pablo Jácome, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of INBAR.

Ambassador of Spain to Ecuador, present at the inauguration of the Workshop School.

During the meeting, men, women and young people, belonging to rural parishes of  San Plácido, Chirijos, Alhajuela, Calderón and  Pueblo nuevo, highlighted the importance of nurturing their knowledge about bamboo and that later, after completing their training process, they can join with labour qualified in the constructions promoted by the government and the private sector, thus reactivating the local economy and generating an income opportunity for vulnerable groups.

“It is good to learn, move on and take advantage of the opportunity that is given.” “I want to highlight the importance of guadúa cane in different things,” adds Mariely  Cobeña, a participant in the first cycle of the School Workshop for Sustainable Construction with Bamboo. This is also agreed by Amil Intriago, a participant from the Chirijos parish. “I am a person who likes to learn, this is the first time that an opportunity of this size has been given.” Once the project is finished, I would like to start and generate some resources for my family ”, he adds.

By its César Cabrera, an architect by profession and in charge of teaching the themes in this training space, he expresses the opportunity to use this resource in front of conventional constructions. “I see the encouragement of everyone to learn in construction systems, I was shocked to see women in this meeting, surely this will be a very good group.” “My goal is for students to know the basic and advanced construction systems and that architecture with bamboo is strengthened in the country since it is a change, a new route,” he points out.

“My goal is for students to know the basic and advanced construction systems and that architecture with bamboo is strengthened in the country since it is a change, a new route”

Regarding the project developed in Manabí, Elena Madrazo, ambassador of Spain in Ecuador, highlighted the advantages that this initiative has in the province. “This project is interesting because it forms in sustainable construction and it will take care of the environment of the province, it will also improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and it is also a very important instrument of change, since, through this project, Those who participate will be able to find work in something that is healthy for the planet and in the development of their locality “, he indicated.

Pablo Jácome, Regional Director of INBAR in his speech during the inauguration.

To this Pablo Jácome, regional director of INBAR, highlighted the current appreciation of this versatile resource both nationally and internationally. “Bamboo stopped being the wood of the poor to become the wood of the wise, for all its properties and ecosystem services that contribute to the life of new generations. “We must create an adequate environment that goes with the global need to implement a circular development model, which promotes sustainability, income generation and the fight against climate change,” he said.

“Bamboo stopped being the wood of the poor to become the wood of the wise, for all its properties and ecosystem services that contribute to the life of new generations.”

“Workshop School: Sustainable constructions with bamboo” in addition to promoting development in the area, fostering values ​​such as respect for cultural diversity, gender equality, care and attention to the environment, intends to continue promoting bamboo or guadúa cane in the province, where approximately 145,000 hectares of this versatile resource are located, considered in the construction sector as an unbeatable material.

Participants of the first cycle of “Workshop School: Sustainable constructions with bamboo” in Manabí, Ecuador.