Social and Ecological
Madagascar Bamboo is having important social and environmental benefits for Madagascar.
Some social and environmental benefits are as follows:
- Increased direct employment – the company will create approximately 150 direct jobs in the Toamasina area.
- Provide cash crop income to villagers – the cash income paid to the villagers procuring bamboo will have an important impact on the local economy. At full capacity, our purchase of raw bamboo will inject about over $200,000 in income to the local villages annually.
- Decreasing pressure on forests – Although Madagascar’s primary forests are some distance away, the company will help reduce pressure on these forests by providing an alternative source of income to a very large number of people outside the forest frontier. This will help diminish ongoing migration towards the forest frontier.
- Conserving rare hardwoods – Fused bamboo board made by Madagascar Bamboo can be an excellent substitute source of “raw material” for some of the furniture export companies in Madagascar that are currently dependent on rapidly depleting hardwood forest species.
- Providing a sustainable product – Global hardwood consumption is rising with population and increasing standards of living. Madagascar Bamboo will help satisfy a growing demand for natural wood flooring with a sustainably produced high quality product.
Our fused bamboo products are made from a of bamboo species known locally as Volobemavo (Dendrocalamus giganteus.) This species, originally from South East Asia has been introduced into Madagascar at some time in the distant past. Madagascar has some 35 endemic bamboo species and at least 6 introduced species. Madagascar Bamboo will focus on Volobemavo and a closely related species of giant bamboo Dendrocalamus asper because these two species provide the best fiber, grow rapidly, and are non-invasive. They are clumping species that will not invade natural forests or cause any environmental problems. In fact, they have been used to stabilize slopes and riversides. Madagascar Bamboo is actively promoting increased planting of these species by local property owners, village associations, and local governments.
Madagascar Bamboo’s parent company, International Bamboo, is planning large plantations to support the future development of Madagascar Bamboo and the transformed bamboo industry in Madagascar. Bamboo can sequester up to 40 tons of carbon dioxide per year per hectare.
Madagascar Bamboo works with a range of development organizations that support local populations in the region. These include a USAID funded project – called Eco-Regional Initiative (ERI), CARE International, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the “Programme de Promotion de Revenue Rural” (PPRR), FIDA – a UN agency. Additional partners in the region include the Communes, Regional authorities, the Water and Forest Service and other development groups. We are a member of the United Nations Development Program’s Global Sustainable Business partnership.
As a partner of MADAGASCAR BAMBOO, you are financing our growth and becoming a positive actor in a sustainable developement project.