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Organising Partnerships for Ecuador’s emerging bamboo sector

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In Ecuador, bamboo is gradually evolving from a natural forest product into a crop growing in patches of forested land. This chapter experiences with the production of bamboo in Ecuador that the author gathered between 2000 and 2003 as an International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) collaborator. It first presents the particular biological, processing and marketing characteristics of bamboo that determine the product range and processing opportunities. Secondly, the chapter investigates the pros and cons of applying bamboo in construction, furnishing and handicraft. Thirdly, it indicates what environmental services bamboo can perform as a forest product and what opportunities this offers as regards linking up with the currently developing markets for carbon credits. Subsequently, the focus is on various experiences with partnerships that are aimed at sustainable and pro-poor bamboo production and the segments of the economy in which the development of such partnerships looks particularly promising.

Keywords: bamboo production; corporate-community partnerships; Ecuador; Guadua bamboo; industrial bamboo development; multi-sector bamboo partnerships; non-governmental organisations (NGOs)-community partnerships; Panama hats; sustainableand pro-poor bamboo management



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