Ravaged Haiti and Other Communities Looking to
Bamboo for Restructuring
Could Haiti be the model for
rebuilding using bamboo? Will even more devastated
areas recover with the use of bamboo to rebuild?
Most of us remember when we
heard of the devastation that horrible earthquake
bestowed upon Haiti on January 12, 2010. But how
much have we thought about Haiti since then (other
than the awesome Anthony Bourdain episode earlier
this year)? Seriously, have we wronged Haiti by not
continually and properly educating the Haitian
people on how to rebuild their infrastructure? Much
One very interesting and
eco-friendly topic has come to light. This topic is
the use of bamboo to help rebuild and perhaps
produce an interesting new economy. We all know how
versatile bamboo is. It grows super fast and easily,
can be used to fabricate a wide variety of consumer
products, and the root structure could help sustain
the sliding ground. Would cultivating bamboo on
Haitian farms be a boost to a failing economy?
It is said that 99% of
forestation in Haiti is gone and about 36 million tons of
soil becomes displaced every year from mud slides
because of continuing (and previous) damage. Could
bamboo be the answer?
Proponents will obviously say
yes. Those less enchanted with the idea say that
invasive bamboo could overtake without proper
maintenance. Claiming biodiversity issues with this
concept could create problems in the future.
Proponents come back with the proposal of creating
bamboo nurseries containing construction-grade,
non-invasive species of bamboo. All in all, aid
groups are all for it. With a little planning we
would have to agree this to be a good idea here at
This is simply one more reason
to love bamboo. Think of all the bamboo hardwood
floor and bamboo constructed homes. Think of all the
jobs this will create. Not to mention the jobs that
would be created with fabrication of bamboo
household products. Bamboo grows extremely clean and
it is very hearty. Being a natural anti-fungal and
anti-bacterial plant (we should say grass), the
issue of introducing any harmful plant disease to
other Haitian flora and fauna is all but none.
Developing bamboo as a
multi-use crop to rebuild devastated communities and
regions, hasten deforestation and erosion combined
with the ability to stimulate a local economy is
truly a win-win situation. Bamboo for restructure
and rehabilitation purposes goes way beyond bamboo
just a being a beautiful grass.
To think that some of you
reading this article may have just stumbled upon it
while searching for new bamboo hardwood flooring.
Think of all the people struggling to just have
floors. Buy bamboo products and support the demand
for this multi-faceted product!
More more info check out Fore
Bamboo and Greenfunder.
By : Amy Wermuth