Guadua angustifolia Kunth, commonly known as ‘Guayaquil cane’ and ‘bamboo cane’, grows abundantly in Ecuador and Peru. Fast growing and tall – reaching a height of 30 metres – Guadua fulfils a substantial ecological role in both countries, and is regarded as a particularly useful species of bamboo for environmental and economic services. For example, both Ecuador and Peru have used Guadua to build houses for hundreds of years. Bamboo can also play a critical role in storing carbon, making it a potentially important tool for climate change mitigation.
Despite its importance, bamboo in Ecuador and Peru has not been used to its full potential. This is due to a number of factors, including poor management of existing bamboo stands, and unsupportive policy and regulatory frameworks which prevent the development of bamboo sectors.
Ecuador and Peru are both highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. To help solve this issue, they are carrying out a bilateral project, to encourage the use of bamboo as a tool for green economic growth and carbon capture and climate resilience. The project involves strengthening policies and regulatory frameworks that recognise, regulate and promote the use of bamboo. The project will take place in two regions: Manabí in Ecuador and Piura in Peru.
The project is part of the Regional Programme for the Environment and Climate Change in Latin America, ‘ARUACLIMA’, funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development. INBAR is the implementor for this project.
The objectives of the project are to:
1. Promote the sustainable production and use of bamboo through sustainable policies;
2. Encourage the broad participation of all sectors to promote the benefits and advantages of the sustainable use of bamboo;
3. Strengthen inter-territorial technical capacities (Manabí-Piura), in relation to the production, management and sustainable use of bamboo;
4. Generate demonstration scenarios that make evident the comparative advantages of bamboo as a resource to address climate change;
5. Have bamboo included as a strategic resource in bilateral relations between Ecuador and Peru.Project partners