International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Bamboo for Forest Restoration in the Mekong

Thailand, Vietnam, Lao PDR



Bamboo for Forest Landscape Restoration for Improved Livelihoods and Climate Resilience in Mekong region (FLOURISH)

Thriving, biodiverse landscapes can provide a sustainable form of income for rural communities. If developed sustainably, bamboo and wood value chains can also strengthen efforts to conserve forests by providing strong economic returns to forest-dependent communities.

This project aims to develop community-private sector business partnerships which help achieve forest restoration, forest productivity and improved livelihoods across three countries in Asia: Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The approach will pilot local-specific business models between smallholders and the local private sector, to encourage the production, harvesting and processing of durable wood and bamboo products, and the replacement of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) with economically viable forest-biomass products. The project has an important forest landscape restoration (FLR) component: through focusing on reducing forest fires and restoring forest productivity, the project aims to provide local communities with food security, a commercial safety net and an important way to enhance their climate change adaptive capacity. The overall aim of the project is to create economically viable FLR pathways, which promote local livelihoods and environmental protection.

This project covers over 5000 beneficiaries from 15,000 households in Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, and ecosystems covering over 20,000 hectares.

Specific outcomes of the project include:

  • Enhanced capacity of local communities and government, and improved legal rights and incentives which encourage the development of forest restoration pathways;
  • Improved collaboration between communities and the private sector for sustainable forest management and equitable trade;
  • More investment and businesses established in wood, bamboo and other non-timber forest products, based on value chain assessments and advice.
  • Communication and knowledge transfer between pilot sites, including at regional and international levels.

Contact details

For more information about the project, please contact:

  • Li Yanxia, Senior Programme Officer, yxli [at] inbar [dot] int, China
  • Loc Khoa Manh, Field Coordinator, kmanh [at] inbar [dot] int, Viet Nam