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Bamboo and Climate Change Mitigation

Technical Reports
Bamboo and Climate Change Mitigation

Author:

Lou Yiping; Kathleen Buckingham; Giles Henley

Publisher:

INBAR

Year:

2010

Pages:

47

Keywords:

bamboo, climate change, mitigation, environment

Bamboo’s fast growth is one of its many attributes which make it a useful resource for mankind. It is also commonly seen as an indication of a high ability to capture and sequester atmospheric carbon and consequently mitigate climate change, in a similar way that trees do. This report analyses the work carried out to date to explore different aspects of bamboo’s growth, management and use which impact bamboo’s carbon sequestration potential. Using modeling and comparison studies, the findings of this report suggest that bamboo’s carbon sequestration rate can equal or surpasses that of fast-growth trees over short time periods in
a new plantation, but only when bamboo is actively managed.

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