UNEP recently included our program in their newsletter under the title What can investments do with bamboo?
A bamboo agroforestry project in Indonesia demonstrates how investing in nature-based solutions can lead the way in tackling climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity loss.
Despite having the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia contains 10% of the world’s tropical forests, 60% of Asia’s tropical forests, and a significant amount of the world’s remaining virgin forest stands1. A whopping 144 million hectares, or 75% of Indonesia’s land area, is classified within forest boundaries. Within this, 45% of the land is managed for timber and forest production, and 21% is allocated to other conversion uses1. As such, secondary forest products, such as plywood, timber, rattan, and paper make up the most important non-oil exports, accounting for 25% of total industrial exports1. Although the exploitation of natural resources was once the primary goal of Indonesia’s forest management plans, there has been a shift to instead support a forest-based industry, protecting the environment and sustaining the yield of the forests