International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Disaster-resilient housing in Nepal




Bamboo for sustainable post-disaster reconstruction in Nepal

Bamboo can be a resilient form of housing. Fast growing and flexible, bamboo “bends but does not break” and has been called “vegetal steel” by architects around the world. Its superior performance in earthquakes, as evidenced in particular by a number of countries in South America, is very important for Nepal. Following the devastating Nepal earthquake in April 2015, INBAR worked to support the Nepalese private sector to rebuild houses using bamboo.

This project worked with disaster-affected communities to develop bamboo resources and supply chains, to contribute towards post-disaster, earthquake-resilient reconstruction, renewed local livelihoods, and mountainous area restoration. It provided technical assistance and capacity building to existing bamboo construction companies, by scaling up their supply chains and working on new building designs for pre-fabricated housing and public structures. The project focused on linking reconstruction work to rural smallholder farmers in disaster-affected regions.

(Pictured: top – a public library in Kathmandu; left – A government school built with bamboo and earth. Photo credits: ABARI)