In May 2008, a devastating earthquake hit Sichuan province. Bamboo resources have the potential to play a major role in the development of post-disaster reconstruction, and propoor, environmentally sustainable industries. However, the bamboo supply chain still includes challenges such as poor links between farmers, semi-processors, and end-product SMEs. Prior to the project, most farmers and producers lacked knowledge on cleaner production practices and did not possess sufficient market and management capacity.
The project contributed to eco-friendly pro-poor economic growth in the post-disaster area of Sichuan Province, especially in earthquake-affected areas, and increased livelihood opportunities through the sustainable production of bamboo building materials for reconstruction. The specific objectives included:
• To set up an integrated government monitoring system for bamboo SMEs to enforce environmental standards;
• To build capacities of bamboo SMEs in sustainable bamboo production;
• To improve bamboo supply chain management system and enhance resource efficiency;
• To improve policy and investment environment for the bamboo sector in Sichuan;
• To develop a Provincial Bamboo Building Code (policy recommendation);
• To increase consumers’ awareness and market demand for bamboo building materials.
The Way Forward
• Integrated government monitoring system for SMEs to enforce provincial and national environmental standards set up;
• Sustainable bamboo production ensured through improved resource efficiency and management by target bamboo SMEs;
• Policy and investment frameworks improved for sustainable pro-poor growth of the Sichuan bamboo SME sector;
• Public awareness and demand for bamboo products from industry, retailers, and general public in Sichuan increased.
Duration:01/2010 - 01/2014
Total Budget:EUR 2 467 869 (EU contribution: 80%)
Dr. LOU Yiping
Programme Director, Environmental Sustainability Programme,
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
8, Futong Dong Da Jie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District
P. O. Box 100102-86, Beijing 100102, P. R. China
Email: [email protected]