"This cultural centre in Senegal by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori was constructed using exclusively local materials and techniques – and has been recognised in the architecture category of the 2017 AIA Awards."
"The building's twisting roof shape provides shelter to enclosed workshop spaces and bedrooms at either end, with a central gathering space flanked on both sides by open-air courtyards."
"There is a surge in demand for bamboo planting material in Uganda. Farmers are keen to cash in on bamboo, the "new kid on the block", which has earned itself a reputation worldwide as a versatile renewable resource.
The shortage of planting material is only rivalled by lack of basic information. There is a need to separate myths from facts about bamboo growing."
More great news out of Africa as 18 African countries have so far joined INBAR in promoting & developing Bamboo as a sustainable resource.
"To tap into this lucrative green economy, African governments and the private sector have begun positioning themselves to commercialize bamboo. The profit potential has become even greater as environmentalists link bamboo with climate change mitigation, and the possibility of increased income through carbon credits.
So far 18 African countries with natural bamboo—Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda—have joined INBAR, which is assisting them with bamboo information, technology transfer, capacity building and policy formulation. Other countries, like Angola, Gabon and Zambia, are expected to join the network.
According to INBAR’s director general, Hans Friederich, bamboo can be a strong pillar of Africa’s future green economy. He says it can help reduce poverty and protect the environment, and that it provides a practical and rapid solution for some of the natural resource and poverty challenges facing many African countries today."
Bamboo is changing lives all over the world and as this recent CNN Africa video shows it has also created a whole new industry in Ethiopia. The bamboo trade is growing in size there and some of the products being produces includes bamboo flooring, toothpics and even curtains. Bamboo is also a more sustainability resource than traditional materials such as timber and other hardwoods. Click below to view the full CNN Africa article plus video:
"Two-thirds of the bamboo in Africa is situated in the upwardly-mobile state, and it is hoped that "green gold" can power growth."
INBAR estimates that the global market for bamboo is worth $60 billion and rising, a lucrative prospect for Ethiopian businesses, and potentially a major boost for the wider economy.
The bamboo trade will also benefit from its greater sustainability than rival materials such as timber. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant in the world, capable of growing almost one meter a day, so that stocks can be rapidly regenerated.
A new partnership for African development, through the use of bamboo, was recently announced by the Chinese State Forestry Administration,Inbar and the Netherlands. Through this new initiative they hope to improve rural income, assist land restoration and fight climate change through the development of bamboo resources and so doing stimulate green economic growth.
This is indeed exciting times for Africa and bamboo!
Key activities of the partnership:
• Business development: Survey and assessment of bamboo resources and value chains in East Africa, including business plan development, technology transfer and capacity building on bamboo resource management, processing, product design and marketing.
• Investment promotion: Investor and industry study tours and workshops; trade dialogues on policy, product custom codes and standards; capacity building for African National Standards Bureaus and private sector companies on bamboo standardization.
• Landscape restoration: Planting of bamboo on degraded lands; life cycle analysis and carbon accounting methodology development for industrial bamboo products; and climate financing developed for bamboo reforestation and afforestation projects in Africa and China, as well as durable bamboo products.
Full artilce here: New Netherlands-China partnership to boost Africa’s development using bamboo