This project consisted of a four-month feasibility study, to help inform activities for a potential four-year pilot project on bamboo plantation development in Sarawak. The outcomes are being used to advise Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) on the viability of an existing pilot project in order to determine future procedures on project implementation, and to recommend commercial bamboo species for plantations and nurseries. In addition, the project aimed to identify current market opportunities in the bamboo development sectors.
The final report (which can be downloaded here) covers the above points. It also assesses the feasibility of developing carbon credit trading for the proposed plantations as an additional source of financing. Finally, the study provides guidance on enterprise and local market development that can complement the establishment of plantations and guide species selection. These recommendations are described in detail in the following three thematic sections: a feasibility of undertaking a pilot bamboo plantation project in Sarawak; a feasibility of the proposed potential pilot bamboo afforestation carbon project in Sarawak; and how to access market potential for bamboo in Sarawak.
(Header image: Students in their bamboo classroom, Malaysia. Credit: Abd. Halim Hadi)