Eco-Friendly Bamboo

ECO-friendly Bamboo for Reconstruction

ECO-friendly Bamboo for Reconstruction map

The SWITCH-Asia project Eco-friendly Bamboo Production for Reconstruction promoted the use of bamboo in place of timber or other non-renewable building materials, such as concrete and steel. The project operated in the Chinese region of Sichuan, which has over one third of China 19s total bamboo species.

Bamboo has a high-fibre rating that makes it exceptionally hard-wearing and bamboo materials have high tensile strength and good resistance to shock. The project has become a model for adopting sustainable reconstruction efforts with bamboo in post-disaster areas. The project also demonstrated how such building methods can not only contribute to sustainable development but also help make houses more resilient in the face of possible natural disasters in the future.

"Bamboo not only offers an accessible and affordable option for post disaster housing, bamboo structures have proven especially resilient to earthquakes because of their strength and flexibility. We are working with INBAR and the European Commission to strengthen the bamboo sector in the wake of the 2008 earthquake. Guo Hengxiao, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Forestry Department."

Dr. Lou Yiping, Project Manager

Duration: 1/2010 - 1/2014

Total budget: EUR 2,467,869 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Dr. Lou Yiping
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
INBAR 8, Futong Dong Da Jie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District
100102 Beijing
Phone: +86-1064706161 ext.

International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
INBAR is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan. INBAR is the leading implementation agency in the overall strategy and implementation of the project.
Sichuan Provincial Forestry Department (SPFD) Sichuan Provincial Forestry Department (SPFD)
SPFD is the provincial government body that oversees comprehensive forestry related affairs. SPFD conducts capacity building and other trainings for bamboo sector SMEs and establishes clusters of cooperatives. Further, it assists in monitoring, evaluation
Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China (BenCham) Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China (BenCham)
BenCham is a business organisation helping companies from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg enter the Chinese market. Withing the project, the BenCham attracts foreign investors interested in the bamboo industry.
EU Project Incubation Centre Chengdu (EUPIC) EU Project Incubation Centre Chengdu (EUPIC)
EUPIC is a non-profit organisation under the Asia Invest Project and a comprehensive platform promoting trade, investment and technical cooperation between the EU and China. EUPIC's major responsibilities are the Sichuan bamboo SMEs directory, investors f
Bamboo for Reconstruction impact sheet Bamboo for Reconstruction impact sheet
In this final publication, the Eco-friendly Bamboo project reported on the economic, environmental and social impacts as well as its achievements in terms of climate benefits, green finance, target group engagement, and policy development. The project has completed in 2014.

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fact sheet

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Project Poster

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Project Progress Sheet 2011

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