The EBF vision consists of four components which, when combined together, are greater than the sum of their parts:
1. EMPOWERING RURAL COMMUNITIES through people-public-private partnerships across the equatorial belt, where ‘land restoration champions’ drive village-based bamboo industries.
2. RESTORATION ECONOMY ON FORMERLY DEGRADED LANDS GLOBALLY, based on bamboo agroforestry. This economic model takes root in the equatorial belt to supply global demand for food, fuel and fiber sustainably into the next century.
3. CONSERVING TROPICAL FOREST AREAS, thanks to a supply of bamboo timber and other alternative, rapidly renewable agro-forestry products that are sustainably managed and extracted.
4. LANDSCAPE-BASED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS where bamboo can thrive in agroforestry complexes that allow natural carbon capture and avoided CO2 emissions at scale.
Five principles shape and influence our approach.
TRUST AND TRANSPARENCY ensure that we are honest in communications and our sharing of knowledge. Without these principles in place, it is impossible to build fruitful partnerships with Bamboo Villages, which are founded on mutual respect.
Through these EQUITABLE PARTNERSHIPS we seek to ensure that value chains are fair to people. We insist that village institutions working with us provide added value to the products they create, enabling them to take greater responsibility and earn a bigger share of the reward. Over time, this allows villages to grow ownership of their enterprise, which is essential to its long-term sustainability.
A DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH fosters a culture of decision-making that is grounded in empirical information. Without data, there would be no credible information to drive decisions or create trust and transparency.
ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT informs our response to ever-changing situations, with a flexible approach to working with communities and partners in the public and private sectors.
We aim for PEOPLE-PLANET POSITIVE INVESTMENTS together with investors who define business value and measure the performance of their investments based on the social, environmental and financial benefits they provide.