This project was initiated to address India’s challenge to fully develop the potential of its bamboo sector for economic empowerment, land and forestry rehabilitation climate change mitigation and adaptation. The main aim of the project was to update information on the bamboo market and resources in the North Eastern Region of India, and to assess the potential of the bamboo sector for sustainable development perspectives in Mizoram State.
The direct beneficiaries of this project were staff of public agencies, non-profit organisations and private actors in the bamboo sector of the North Eastern Region, and particularly Mizoram. More generally, the project should encourage the further development of the bamboo sector and so benefit the many people and communities in this area which are dependent on bamboo for their livelihoods.
The project produced an INBAR study, which can be read here. The study found that, although bamboo is an essential part of the natural environment and economic life in the North East Region of India, there is lack of consistent and reliable data on almost all aspects of bamboo. People working with bamboo have little support in the way of subsidies or policies, and more general issues such as a lack of infrastructure, connectivity, skilled labour and credit facilities have dampened efforts to promote the regional bamboo sector. The study identified a number of ways to promote bamboo entrepreneurship. These include: training in how to produce more value-added bamboo goods and how to comply with market requirements; introducing new technology to facilitate bamboo processing; setting up supportive institutional models and finance schemes; and providing professional guidance and support to new initiatives.