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Bamboo

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Juliana Burrows

on 19 December 2012

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Why is it
important? The Development of a Profitable and Sustainable
Bamboo Plantation in Central America Juliana Burrows 98660211
Enrique Valladares 98660033 Outline Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Introduction Literature Review Methodology Introduction Thesis Statement Background The emerging bamboo sector in Central America offers untapped possibilities for green entrepreneurs and the development of economically deprived areas of Central America. Diminishing resources,
Decreasing availability of forest wood,
Conservation concerns have increased the need to identify substitutes for conventional timbers. WHERE? SUBSTITUTE Bamboos are... Their features have led to the hope that they could become a viable Fast growing
Versatile in their uses
Low cost
Renewable
Environmentally friendly of more traditional timber species. Sustainability Data Collection Profitability Methodology Bamboo Industry Stakeholders

that could be used to accompany the rapid socio-economic development in Central America. Alleviating poverty & Environment degradation HUGE Potentiantials Support the participation of members of rural communities in the development process. Teak Bamboo International Level Countries attempt to promote and seek economic development to become economically prosper and independent in order to compete and be acknowledged Growth in Globalization Developing countries are left behind. Common Agriculture Sustainability Metrics Qualitative Research Secondary Data Cost and Revenues
Market Potential Collected to compare the performances Growth Rate
Average Diameter
Plantation Maintenance Environmental Impact Cost efficiency Time Efficiency Quantitative Data Analyzed using descriptive statistics Selection of site, species and variety The results obtained will be crosschecked Interviews with local key informants Despite various development initiatives, the conditions of poverty in the region have not only persisted but worsened. Economic Backgrounds Soil Conditions Precipitation Temperature Population: 13.8 million Population: 3.6 million Area: 75,517 km2 Area: 108,889 km2 Components of GDP: Components of GDP: Services 63%
Industry 23.9%
Agriculture 13% Services 79.2%
Industry 16.7%
Agriculture 4.1% Labor force by occupation: Agriculture: 38%
Industry: 14%
Services: 48% Labor Force by Occupation: Agriculture: 17%
Industry: 18.6%
Services: 64.4% As past development initiatives were not successful... Sandy Loam | Loam | Loamy Sand Newer attempts are taking more of a PUBLIC APPROACH Fertile Black / Loose / Alluvial / Volcanic Ash Rich in Organic matter Supplied by natural sources and good drainage, moist but not flooded. Trickle-down effects of Industrialization and Capitalism Can be developed in areas where annual rainfall ranges between 1270 mm and 5000 mm. Optimal precipitation average annual precipitation ranges between 2000 mm and 2500 mm. NEW INITIATIVES To achieve... The optimal average temperature of 20°C and 26°C Favor the development of the grass Sustainable
social & economic
advancement Resistance of stems are stronger Chosen
Countries The realization that... Higher Temperatures Lower Temperatures GREATER EMPHASIS Environmentally sound initiatives such as the harvesting of non-timber forest products such as BAMBOO Research Questions In which regions would it be viable to set up the plantation and why? How can we measure sustainability and the profitability of the plantation? Would the implementation of a bamboo plantation be a viable project in both of our home countries, Panama and Guatemala? What timber to compare bamboo with and why?
To assess whether the development of a bamboo plantation, particularly in either Guatemala or Panama, can be done in a profitable and sustainable manner without affecting the environment adversely in the process. RESEARCH MOTIVATION Due to the ever increasing population, poverty and the shortage of suitable housing in Panama and Guatemala, we feel that this project could provide a possible solution to the diminishing socio-economic situation and the exploitation of hardwoods that currently exists in both countries. Captures CO2



more than regular trees Amazing Growth Rate Why Bamboo? Harvested in 1 to 5 years whereas At least 40 years to mature before they can be harvested 35% Why Central America? No other plant in the planet feature this type of growth rate. Thank You any questions? BAMBOO HARDWOODS has implications for indirectly reducing deforestation resulting from timber demand Timber like qualities from Erosion Provides Soil Protection BAMBOO Abundant Inexpensive & resource Strong historical and traditional uses in Less Developed Countries LOGICAL to use bamboo as a socio-economic resource for development initiatives in Central America & The implementation of a bamboo plantation could bring about opportunities for us as ENTREPRENEURS What Species & Why? comparing Teak and Bamboo Diversity Soil Management Efficient use of inputs Studies have shown that ...
the development of a bamboo plantation can help generate employment and as a result help lessen the poverty level, particularly in the rural sector. The bamboo species chosen is native Optimal Conditions Temperature Precipitation Soil Agr.Anibal Fossatti C GUADUA ANGUSTIFOLIA Bamboo Common Uses versatility, flexibility, endurance, hardness, strength, climatic adaptability, seismic-resistance, rapid growth, easy handling Guadua can easily meet the International Building Code (IBC) and all of its environmental requirements. There currently exists 38 known species of Guadua bamboo which are all found in Central and South America.

The species Guadua angustifolia however, is native to Central American countires. Qualitative Data
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