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European Bamboo Expo 2024

The European Bamboo Expo 2024 Magazine is dedicated to showcasing our sponsors, supporters, and media partners, who play a vital role in making this event a success. Their support fuels innovation and growth in the bamboo industry, helping the Expo maintain its status as a leading event for professionals and stakeholders in Europe. Scheduled for May 16th to 18th at the Dietrich-Keuning-Haus in Dortmund and presented from the city of Dortmund, the European Bamboo Expo 2024 will explore the role of bamboo in the circular economy and introduce new regulations for building with bamboo. This Expo serves as a platform for unveiling the latest bamboo products, technologies, and services. It is open to the public and brings together industry experts, business leaders, and government officials. The event features educational lectures and panel discussions on topics like integrating bamboo into carbon markets, EU regulatory standards for imports and exports, and bamboo's role in environmental sustainability. These sessions are crucial for professionals seeking to stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving bamboo industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, explore new business opportunities, and gain insights into the latest trends in the European bamboo industry. This magazine offers a comprehensive guide to what to expect from the Expo, providing a detailed overview for attendees while also honoring the sponsors, supporters, and media partners who make this event possible. With a focus on key topics like bamboo in the circular economy, building regulations, and sustainable architecture, the European Bamboo Expo 2024 is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of the bamboo industry. #EuropeanBambooExpo

The European Bamboo Expo 2024 Magazine is dedicated to showcasing our sponsors, supporters, and media partners, who play a vital role in making this event a success. Their support fuels innovation and growth in the bamboo industry, helping the Expo maintain its status as a leading event for professionals and stakeholders in Europe.

Scheduled for May 16th to 18th at the Dietrich-Keuning-Haus in Dortmund and presented from the city of Dortmund, the European Bamboo Expo 2024 will explore the role of bamboo in the circular economy and introduce new regulations for building with bamboo. This Expo serves as a platform for unveiling the latest bamboo products, technologies, and services. It is open to the public and brings together industry experts, business leaders, and government officials.

The event features educational lectures and panel discussions on topics like integrating bamboo into carbon markets, EU regulatory standards for imports and exports, and bamboo's role in environmental sustainability. These sessions are crucial for professionals seeking to stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving bamboo industry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, explore new business opportunities, and gain insights into the latest trends in the European bamboo industry.

This magazine offers a comprehensive guide to what to expect from the Expo, providing a detailed overview for attendees while also honoring the sponsors, supporters, and media partners who make this event possible. With a focus on key topics like bamboo in the circular economy, building regulations, and sustainable architecture, the European Bamboo Expo 2024 is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of the bamboo industry. #EuropeanBambooExpo

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May 16 - 18, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Dortmund<br />

This magazine pays tribute to the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

sponsors, exhibitors, and supporters.<br />

<strong>Expo</strong> theme: ‘<strong>Bamboo</strong> in the Circular Economy’<br />

The complete event schedule is included.<br />

Produced by<br />

www.europeanbambooexpo.eu<br />

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2025<br />

May 22-24, 2025<br />

Dietrich-Keuning-Haus, Dortmund<br />

The <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> 2025, now in its third edition,<br />

will be held on May 22, 23, and 24 at the Dietrich-Keuning-Haus in Dortmund,<br />

with the city of Dortmund as our invaluable presenting sponsor.<br />

If you’re interested in exhibiting products and services or contributing as a speaker or<br />

workshop facilitator, please email info@europeanbambooexpo.eu.<br />

Submissions are already open, with the deadline set for January 20, 2025.<br />

Don’t miss out—become part of the bamboo revolution in Europe and beyond!<br />

www.europeanbambooexpo.eu


Instead of Foreword<br />

“Dortmund is creating environmental quality and employment through<br />

climate protection. As a large city with the most green spaces, we are<br />

knowledgeable about growth and renewable resources,” says the Lord<br />

Mayor of Dortmund, Thomas Westphal. “We have been actively involved<br />

in the sustainable, circular, and socially beneficial economy for a long<br />

time, and it is important to me that an expo focusing on the sustainable<br />

use of our resources is hosted in our neighboring metropolis. With the<br />

‘<strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong>,’ we aim to promote a renewable resource that<br />

is already well-known and widely used in Asia, bringing it to market<br />

maturity and increasing its awareness in Europe.”<br />

Lord Mayor of Dortmund, Thomas Westphal<br />

<strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> Magazine<br />

May <strong>2024</strong><br />

This magazine is produced by<br />

Weproductions<br />

https://weproductions.net/<br />

Art direction and design by<br />

Vicky Xinou / purple<br />

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Cover photo by:<br />

Keisuke Kuribara / Unsplash<br />

Printed by: www.diedruckerei.de<br />

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Supporters, Partners, and Educational<br />

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“By emphasizing bamboo’s extraordinary ability to rejuvenate degraded<br />

lands while creating abundant opportunities for the agricultural<br />

sector and investors in <strong>European</strong> crops, we can help fuel innovation<br />

in the circular economy,” says expo organizer Iraklis Kalamenios<br />

(Weproductions).<br />

“<strong>Bamboo</strong> can be naturally integrated into the circular economy as a<br />

sustainable, renewable resource, with immense CO 2<br />

storage capacity,<br />

actively contributing to the fight against the climate crisis.”<br />

Imprint:<br />

Weproductions / Iraklis Kalamenios<br />

Neuer Weg 10, Kürten 51515<br />

Email: iraklis@weproductions.net<br />

Mobile phone: 016099066675<br />

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Programme / Schedule Day 1 & 2<br />

Thursday, May 16, <strong>2024</strong><br />

20.00 – 21.00 Opening Official opening of the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

21.00 – 21.30 Escuela del bambu ENRAIZANDO is a documentary that addresses the bamboo<br />

boom that Latin America, and particularly Mexico, is experiencing.<br />

21.30 – 22.30 Networking/Jingle & Mingle <strong>Bamboo</strong> Conversations Unleashed<br />

Friday, May 17, <strong>2024</strong><br />

9.00 – 9.30 Doors open Network & Breakfast<br />

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome Message from the City of Dortmund and the Organizers<br />

9.45 – 10.30 Johan Gielis <strong>Bamboo</strong> is a remarkable, but not a miraculous plant<br />

10.30 – 11.15 Pablo van der Lugt Booming <strong>Bamboo</strong> Revisted – the (re)discovery of a sustainable<br />

material with endless possibilities<br />

11.15 – 11.45 Morning Break<br />

11.45 – 12.30 Selim Reza <strong>Bamboo</strong> Multi-Supply Chains: Connecting Smallholder Farmers in the<br />

Circular Economy<br />

12.30 – 13.15 Natalia Reategui Echeverri <strong>Bamboo</strong> Shoots, a Superfood Market Overseen<br />

in Europe?<br />

13.15 – 14.00 Panel discussion Integrating <strong>Bamboo</strong> into Circular Economies in Dortmund and<br />

Across Europe<br />

Panelists: Pablo van der Lugt, Lorena Nolte, Bin Yan, Johan Gielis<br />

Panel Coordinator: Juan Pablo Martínez Mansilla<br />

14.00 – 15.30 Midday Lunch Break<br />

15.30 – 16.15 Henri Potze Carbon Sequestration Using <strong>Bamboo</strong> Trees<br />

16.15 – 16.45 Bernice Dapaah Empowering Communities: Harnessing the Socio-Economic<br />

Potential of <strong>Bamboo</strong> to Prevent Environmental Degradation<br />

16.45 – 17.15 Shanti Pierce A Natural Remedy for Food and Health Care<br />

17.15 – 17.45 Mona Stoehr <strong>Bamboo</strong> and Biodiversity: Case Study on the <strong>Bamboo</strong> Plantation’s<br />

Impact on Biodiversity (Vidigueira, Southern Portugal)<br />

17.45 – 18.15 Refreshment Break<br />

18.15 – 18.45 Eva Samalea AsIB and <strong>Bamboo</strong> Industry Developments in the Iberian Peninsula<br />

18.45 – 19.15 Laure Julien Studio Také: From Japanese <strong>Bamboo</strong> Art to <strong>European</strong> Designs<br />

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Programme / Schedule Day 3<br />

Saturday, May 18, <strong>2024</strong><br />

9.00 – 9.30 Doors open Network & Breakfast<br />

9.30 – 9.45 Vinc Math <strong>Bamboo</strong> Across Borders: Unveiling International Challenges in<br />

Construction Standards<br />

9.45 – 10.00 Christian Wiesbeck Decoding Regulations: Challenges and Solutions for <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Building in Germany<br />

10.00 – 10.45 Kjell Tahon Overcoming Challenges in Establishing a <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> Industry<br />

10.45 – 11.30 Panel discussion Untangling Challenges in <strong>Bamboo</strong> Regulations<br />

Panelist: Jörg Stamm, Kjell Tahon, Vinc Math, Christian Wiesbeck<br />

Panel Coordinator: William Richards<br />

11.30 – 11.45 Morning Break<br />

11.45 – 12.30 Ms. Jo Leung Pioneering Tomorrow’s Construction Landscape with Structural<br />

Engineered <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

12.30 – 13.15 Jörg Stamm Long, Light, and Strong: <strong>Bamboo</strong> in the Future of Design<br />

13.15 – 14.00 William Richards <strong>Bamboo</strong> Contemporary: Green Houses Around the Globe<br />

14.00 – 15.30 Midday Lunch Break<br />

15.30 – 16.00 Musse Tesfaye Gebre FSC Solutions for Fostering Sustainability in the <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Supply Chain<br />

16.30 – 17.15 Charles Koojo Amooti Experience, Opportunities, and Challenges in <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Industry and Supply Chain Development in Uganda<br />

17.15 – 17.45 Jon Vandenheuvel Developing a Nation-Scale <strong>Bamboo</strong> Sector in Malawi (Africa):<br />

Structuring Global Verticals for 150,000 Hectares<br />

17.45 – 18.05 Raphaël Ascoli Boosting Development and Community Growth through Schelter<br />

Structures in Myanmar<br />

18.05 – 18.25 Kika Zdziarska Building Bonds, Building Safety: A <strong>Bamboo</strong> Pavilion Fostering<br />

Communities of Care. A Blueprint for Co-Creation, Sustainability, and<br />

Empowerment<br />

18.25 – 18.45 Refreshment Break<br />

18.45 – 19.10 Nicholas Kaspareck KuNa – <strong>Bamboo</strong> Homes for Everyone<br />

19.10 – 19.40 Michel Abadie Thirty-six Years on the Amazing <strong>Bamboo</strong> Road: Embracing the<br />

Plant of the Future. From the 2nd WBC Anduze (France) 1988 to the 12th WBC<br />

Taiwan <strong>2024</strong><br />

19.40 Weproductions/Iraklis Kalamenios Closing words – <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> 2025<br />

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Exhibitors list<br />

A big thank you to the exhibitors:<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>Logic PLATINUM SPONSOR<br />

https://bamboologic.eu/<br />

BambusBASIS GOLD SPONSOR<br />

https://bambusbasis.de/<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Village BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

https://www.bamboovillage.world/en<br />

International <strong>Bamboo</strong> and Rattan<br />

Organization BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

https://www.inbar.int/<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> International BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

https://www.bambooint.com/<br />

Ghana <strong>Bamboo</strong> Bikes BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

https://ghanabamboobikes.org/<br />

Small Farm Cities BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

https://www.smallfarmcities.com/<br />

William Richards BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Contemporary<br />

Asociación Ibérica del Bambú BRONZE SPONSOR<br />

https://asibambu.org/en/<br />

Kontiki <strong>Bamboo</strong> https://kontikibambooh.com/<br />

Vista Verde https://vista-verde.eu/<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>Builds https://bamboobuilds.nl/<br />

MITI https://miti-life.com/<br />

Blue Temple https://www.blue-temple.com/<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Belgium https://www.bamboobelgium.be/<br />

Studio Také https://laurejulien.com/<br />

KuNa https://casacongo.org/projects/kuna<br />

Bambu Batu https://bambubatu.com/<br />

Lucy Seiler https://www.instagram.com/luceoidal/<br />

Vinc Math https://vincmath.com/<br />

Jörg Stamm https://www.jorgstamm.com/<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Leaf Tea https://bambooleaftea.com/<br />

Malón Bambú Bikes https://malonbikes.com.ar/<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Market City http://www.bamboomarketcity.com/<br />

Escuela del bambu https://escueladelbambu.org/<br />

Garnet India https://www.garnetindia.com/<br />

GROW Colourful Ghana<br />

https://www.growcolourfulghana.de/<br />

Bambulele Cologne<br />

https://www.instagram.com/bambus.koeln/<br />

Smart Grass Bicycles https://smartgrassbicycles.com/<br />

OFF GRID CON Bambuskonstruktionen & outdoor<br />

living solutions https://www.offgridcon.net/<br />

Photo (up) by Melvin Kolk/<strong>Bamboo</strong>Builds www.bamboobuilds.nl<br />

Photo (down) by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash<br />

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PRESENTING<br />

SPONSOR<br />

© Stadt Dortmund / Roland Gorecki<br />

Dortmund 2030:<br />

circular economy for the global common good<br />

The project “Dortmund 2030: circular economy for the<br />

global common good” (DoCircular2030) was initiated<br />

by the Economic Development Agency Dortmund. The<br />

project aims to create new partnerships and structures to<br />

transform the local economy in Dortmund from a linear<br />

into a circular economy according to the principles of<br />

Doughnut Economics.<br />

In cooperation with partners from science, industry, civil<br />

society and politics DoCircular2030 will create a vision<br />

for this transformation. The concept will focus on three<br />

value chains: circular buildings, circular food and circular<br />

electronics. Each value chain will be looked at from various<br />

R-perspectives: rethink, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.<br />

The project aims to involve a wide target audience: from<br />

private and public businesses, consumers, academia,<br />

to public services. At the end of the first phase<br />

DoCircular2030 will define work packages for the three<br />

value chains which will include tangible indicators and<br />

measures for circularity in Dortmund. The concept will<br />

address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and<br />

the Germany Sustainability Strategy (DNS).<br />

Associated partners of DoCircular2030 are the registered<br />

association “Bewusst wie e.V”, the Chamber of Commerce<br />

in Dortmund, the UNESCO chair of the TU Dortmund<br />

and the registered association “Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie<br />

Ennepe, Ruhr & Wupper e.V. (Regionalgruppe Dortmund)”.<br />

DoCircular2030 was started at the behest of the<br />

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate<br />

Action of Germany as part of the funding programme<br />

“Zukunft Region”.<br />

For more information:<br />

DoZirkulär2030 | Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund<br />

(wirtschaftsfoerderung-dortmund.de)<br />

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Platinum<br />

SPONSOR<br />

Cultivating a greener tomorrow, today<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>logic, with offices in The Netherlands and Portugal, has<br />

established bamboo farms in 7 <strong>European</strong> countries. Our mission is<br />

to meet the fast growing demand from the <strong>European</strong> industry for local<br />

grown renewable bio-based materials. By that we are contributing to the<br />

EU climate goals while unlocking a rewarding green business opportunity<br />

for the agricultural & processing sector.<br />

The network of farms will supply tens of thousands metric tonnes<br />

of harvested bamboo each year for decades to come.<br />

Our venture has a positive impact on biodiversity, regeneration<br />

of soils and aims at taking more than 1.000.000 tonnes of CO 2<br />

out of the atmosphere.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>logic joins forces with <strong>European</strong> growers<br />

We offer a full-package service to farmers, companies and organisations<br />

who want to set-up a bamboo farm. By cooperating with bamboo farmers<br />

throughout Europe we are able to meet the huge demand for local grown<br />

produce, reduce transport costs and footprint, and reduce risks. Thanks<br />

to unique bamboo replication and cultivation experience since the 1980s<br />

we are able to deliver large amounts of plants needed for industrial scale<br />

bamboo farming. Our team of specialists advises and guides the farms<br />

from A to Z. To ensure future revenues partnering bamboo farmers get<br />

a long-term offtake agreement for future harvests.<br />

Access to the market<br />

B-to-B <strong>Bamboo</strong>logic collects, processes and sells the produce from the<br />

bamboo farm network to the industry. Through this cooperative way of<br />

working, a farm is not on its own, but can rely on support and advice,<br />

R&D, harvesting techniques and the sales power of <strong>Bamboo</strong>logic. The<br />

demand out of the industry is exceeding the supply many times. Start<br />

cultivating now, for revenues decades to come.<br />

B-to-C Recently <strong>Bamboo</strong>logic has taken a next step in their forward<br />

integration in the <strong>European</strong> bamboo sector, by involving the largest<br />

importer of bamboo products in Europe: www.bambooimport.com. With<br />

a successful web shop and 14 sales points in 10 <strong>European</strong> countries this<br />

is a solid foundation to build the future distribution of <strong>European</strong> bamboo.<br />

A representative of will be present at the booth on the <strong>Expo</strong>.<br />

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Platinum<br />

SPONSOR<br />

Carbon farming<br />

The E.U. carbon removal and carbon farming (CRCF) Regulation,<br />

breaks a lance for certification of carbon removals through naturebased<br />

removal projects as for example bamboo farms. <strong>Bamboo</strong> is a<br />

champion in storing carbon in the soil and materials. It is essential<br />

to formalize and value these carbon farming revenues. <strong>Bamboo</strong>logic<br />

partner growers are rewarded for their efforts to invest in bamboo<br />

and remove carbon dioxide through our independently certified<br />

bamboo carbon removal certificates. Shortly after planting, the carbon<br />

certificates are offered to the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM).<br />

Our in-house carbon & data manager supports the farms in data<br />

collection, application of the certificates and follow-up of the removal<br />

projects.<br />

www.bamboocarbonremoval.eu<br />

Research & development and so much more…<br />

A <strong>European</strong> bamboo sector is not about copying Asia, Latin-America<br />

or Africa. <strong>Bamboo</strong> farming in Europe is different for many reasons:<br />

adapted bamboo varieties are needed; growth expectations should be<br />

managed; processing standards and costs are an important factor in<br />

the business plan; the <strong>European</strong> market asks for specific products and<br />

solutions; regulations on sustainable processing and product footprint<br />

are more stringent… to sum-up some important points.<br />

Together with leading market players we are putting much effort<br />

in R&D in order to optimize cultivation, harvesting and processing<br />

towards <strong>European</strong> market standards. These cooperations led to first<br />

test productions of bamboo insulation, beams and pulp (for textile)<br />

based on bamboo from our <strong>European</strong> fields. Also the edible bamboo<br />

shoots already found their way to the market and are served in a<br />

Dutch Michelin Star restaurant.<br />

Join us and make impact<br />

Essential in our company mission is to make as many positive impact<br />

as possible. Are you a farmer, producer in search for <strong>European</strong><br />

bamboo or a company who wants to offset your footprint? We have<br />

transparent and solid solutions to meet your goals.<br />

Offsetting The E.U. installed the carbon removal and carbon farming<br />

(CRCF) Regulation to scale up carbon removal activities and fight<br />

greenwashing by empowering businesses to show their action in this<br />

field. Our carbon removal certificates fall within the scope of this<br />

philosophy and are an ideal instrument to offset and avoid the green<br />

washing paradigm.<br />

www.bamboocarbonremoval.eu<br />

Insetting Take it a step further and invest in bamboo farms. Hereby<br />

you are not only supporting carbon removal but you act as a financial<br />

kick starter for the establishment of bamboo fields. Interested in<br />

investing in bamboo farms? Contact us<br />

Growing Partner Become a sustainable supercharger. Establish your<br />

own bamboo farm together with us, unlock a green business model<br />

and be in the lead of making positive local impact on many levels.<br />

More information or questions? www.bamboologic.eu<br />

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Platinum<br />

SPONSOR<br />

Future vision for a (<strong>European</strong>) <strong>Bamboo</strong> Industry<br />

By Pablo van der Lugt for the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Many people ask me about my future vision about the development of<br />

the market for bamboo building products in Europe. In the update of<br />

my book “Booming <strong>Bamboo</strong> – the revisited edition” – which will be<br />

launched May <strong>2024</strong>, I have added a specific chapter on this topic. But<br />

in anticipation of the release of the book, to already shed a light, these<br />

are the topics which I expect will be crucial for the bamboo industry to<br />

focus on to remain competitive. During my keynote speech I will also<br />

address these topics.<br />

Product innovation<br />

Based on bamboo’s material properties in various forms (stem, sliver,<br />

fiber, strip, etc), one should focus on those applications where bamboo<br />

may offer a unique competitive advantage, preferably compared to<br />

fossil alternatives. It is important to differentiate between mass markets<br />

(particle boards, carton board, etc) and specialist niche markets (trailer<br />

flooring, yacht decking, canal lining, long semi-structural beams, etc)<br />

to add value to the full bamboo resource, from bottom to top. Also the<br />

suitability of other bamboo species for specific applications besides the<br />

dominant Moso species should be considered.<br />

© Mammoet<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> jacking beams used as a sustainable alternative to<br />

Azobé hardwood beams for use in the infrastructural heavy<br />

duty sector. Photo: Mammoet<br />

Timber and <strong>Bamboo</strong>; friends not foes<br />

Whereas in the past there has been a lot of scepsism between the bamboo and timber industry, this should not be the<br />

case. Both materials are renewable and complement each other; Where mass timber can provide the shell structure, and<br />

engineered bamboo can be great supplement for the skin of a building, inside and out. Hybrid bamboo – timber elements such<br />

as I-beams, cassette flooring and bamboo clad CLT may be the next step.<br />

© Lior Teitler<br />

Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam is a brilliant example of timber (CLT and glulam structure) and bamboo (flooring, walls and ceiling finishing) joining<br />

forces. Photo: Lior Teitler for MOSO International).<br />

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Platinum<br />

SPONSOR<br />

Sustainability and circular economy<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> is a great, fast growing resource, but many composed<br />

bamboo products contain synthetic, sometimes toxic additives<br />

(think about the scandals around the bamboo tableware) which<br />

need to replaced as soon as possible by biobased alternatives.<br />

Be transparant about the improvement points. Also high-end<br />

recycle and take-back systems are needed to facilitate circular<br />

re-use of bamboo in new product lives. Local production<br />

(below) will also help to lower the environmental impact.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> planting at <strong>Bamboo</strong>Logic outgrower in Haps, Netherlands.<br />

Photo: <strong>Bamboo</strong>Logic<br />

Develop a local bamboo resource pool and<br />

subsequent industry<br />

For sustainability reasons but also reliability of supply it will<br />

become increasingly important to become independent of<br />

overseas suppliers for growing the bamboo resource and<br />

further processing. Therefore the massive planting of bamboo<br />

on poor grounds throughout Europe is a first crucial stepping<br />

stone towards the development of new, value added local<br />

bamboo industry.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> plantation (10ha) in Vidigueira, Portugal planted in<br />

2017. Photo: <strong>Bamboo</strong>Logic<br />

Launch of<br />

Booming <strong>Bamboo</strong> – the Revisited Edition<br />

In this completely remastered and updated version<br />

of the bamboo best-seller Booming <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

www.boomingbamboo.com, these and other future<br />

challenges and opportunities – alongside the most<br />

mindblowing bamboo building projects worldwide –<br />

will be covered in detail.<br />

As a special contribution to the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

<strong>Expo</strong> <strong>2024</strong>, the publisher MaterialDistrict has<br />

provided a special discount code (20% off the<br />

33.50 EUR), which can be picked up at the booth of<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>Logic.<br />

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Gold<br />

SPONSOR<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>, the master of adaptation<br />

Aesthetics and ecology: How Bambusbasis<br />

reinterprets privacy screens<br />

Functional, appealing, and sustainable - the fence<br />

element Modul5 by Bambusbasis combines<br />

robust bamboo with high-quality stainless steel.<br />

This symbiosis serves as reliable privacy<br />

screening and makes a natural statement in<br />

outdoor spaces. Each module is crafted in the<br />

Cologne manufactory of Bambusbasis, using<br />

sustainable bamboo from Java and highquality<br />

stainless steel from local suppliers.<br />

The naturally grown<br />

bamboo retains its<br />

original form and<br />

quality, reflecting<br />

the eco-conscious<br />

philosophy of the<br />

manufactory and providing<br />

an alternative to standardized<br />

mass production. The processing of<br />

bamboo using traditional cultivation methods<br />

is carried out by Javanese craftsmen.<br />

Bambusbasis takes social responsibility in the<br />

origin country by adhering to high social standards<br />

in Java. The collaboration with local craftsmen<br />

for the production of Module5 demonstrates<br />

Bambusbasis’s commitment to local economic<br />

cycles. Additionally, partnering with a local<br />

manufactory for the disabled emphasizes the<br />

company’s social orientation. Furthermore,<br />

Bambusbasis provides supportive customer<br />

service; the company assists customers not only<br />

in Germany but also internationally in planning and<br />

implementing their projects.<br />

Focus on product innovation<br />

Bambusbasis continuously works on expanding its<br />

product range for outdoor spaces. The assortment<br />

now includes, alongside traditional fences<br />

and privacy screens, products for the garden<br />

and balcony, such as raised beds and special<br />

enclosures that are both practical and aesthetic.<br />

The Modul5 system remains intact but is utilized in<br />

more versatile ways.<br />

The next step is the introduction of products made<br />

from bamboo slats. This opens up new design<br />

possibilities with bamboo in the market.<br />

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Exploring new horizons in the indoor sector<br />

Bambusbasis’s portfolio is also expanding in the indoor sector. Since <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

the company has been acting as the exclusive distributor and importer for the bamboo<br />

furniture of the Indonesian company PRING. Specialized in the production of high-quality<br />

bamboo furniture, PRING has developed a unique process to optimize bamboo slats<br />

for design furniture. The first furniture collection aims to enrich the living spaces of<br />

environmentally conscious and design-oriented customers.<br />

Tanja Blank, CEO of Bambusbasis, sees interesting potential in bamboo furniture:<br />

“Furniture made from 100% bamboo offers an exciting opportunity. We are very excited<br />

about this new business segment and the collaboration with our partner PRING.”<br />

With a clear focus on bamboo as a versatile and environmentally<br />

friendly material, Bambusbasis continues its successful path.<br />

The company remains a significant player, continuing<br />

to set innovative impulses in the industry.<br />

https://bambusbasis.de/<br />

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You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the bamboo industry and the people and organizations<br />

driving its growth. Podcast features 1:1 remote video interviews with the movers and shakers<br />

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within the bamboo universe.<br />

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Explore <strong>Bamboo</strong>: Join us as we explore bamboo attractions around the world and meet with<br />

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status quo of bamboo, and inspiring others to join their mission.<br />

Get Involved – Let’s collaborate<br />

Considering the bamboo industry’s early stages, it is imperative to establish durable, enduring<br />

collaborations to produce a significant and long-lasting regenerative impact. We understand that<br />

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and multi-sector partnerships. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re calling on individuals,<br />

organizations and campuses to join us in this exciting journey. Together, we can build a resilient<br />

foundation for the bamboo industry’s success and create a positive impact on the planet.<br />

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The International <strong>Bamboo</strong> and Rattan Organization (INBAR)<br />

was established in 1997, with the mission “to improve the<br />

well-being of producers and users of bamboo and<br />

rattan within the context of a sustainable bamboo and<br />

rattan resource base, by consolidating, coordinating<br />

and supporting strategic and adaptive research and<br />

development.” It is an intergovernmental development<br />

organization and is currently made up of 50 Members<br />

States. In addition to its Secretariat Headquarters in China,<br />

INBAR has five Regional Offices in Cameroon, Ecuador,<br />

Ethiopia, Ghana and India. Since its inception, it has been<br />

making a real difference in the lives of millions of people<br />

and environments around the world, with achievements in<br />

areas such as raising standards, promoting safe, resilient<br />

bamboo construction, restoring degraded land, capacitybuilding,<br />

and informing green policy and Sustainable<br />

Development Goal objectives.<br />

INBAR Dutch-Sino East Africa <strong>Bamboo</strong> Development<br />

Program (Phase-II): Despite having the largest bamboo<br />

forests in Sub-Saharan Africa and accounting for<br />

approximately 3-4% of the world’s total known bamboo<br />

coverage, East Africa’s bamboo sector is now mostly<br />

underdeveloped. Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda have been<br />

excluded from the world market due to low-value products and<br />

a lack of capacity to meet international standards.<br />

In response to this challenge, the International <strong>Bamboo</strong> and<br />

Rattan Organization has been implementing the Dutch-Sino-<br />

East Africa <strong>Bamboo</strong> Development<br />

Program (Phase II) in Ethiopia,<br />

Kenya, and Uganda since 2020,<br />

with funding from the Ministry<br />

of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands<br />

and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration<br />

of the People’s Republic of China. The Dutch-Sino-East<br />

Africa <strong>Bamboo</strong> Development Project intends to transfer<br />

knowledge, technologies, and policy experiences from<br />

Europe and Asia to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda in order<br />

to help these countries grow their bamboo sectors. The<br />

program’s overall goal is to improve climate change<br />

mitigation and adaptation advantages by creating inclusive<br />

and sustainable industrial and SME bamboo value chains<br />

in East Africa, resulting in increased livelihood possibilities,<br />

food security, and environmental management. As a result<br />

of the Dutch-Sino program interventions, the beneficiary<br />

nations’ governments have emphasized bamboo as a<br />

planting material on degraded areas due to its quick growth<br />

and negative environmental impact. Kenya’s government<br />

recently adopted a national bamboo policy. Ethiopia and<br />

Uganda have implemented bamboo strategies and action<br />

plans, creating an enabling climate for bamboo sector<br />

development in their respective nations. The program<br />

increased the capability of community people, extension<br />

workers, smallholders, women, and youth in bamboo<br />

resource development, including propagation techniques,<br />

nursery management, plantation setup, maintenance, and<br />

sustainability management. Furthermore, the program has<br />

worked on clean home energy by increasing the capacity<br />

of bamboo charcoal briquette firms, which support rural<br />

people’ livelihoods. <strong>Bamboo</strong> plantations were established<br />

on degraded lands, sustainable harvesting and management<br />

practices were implemented, and energy-efficient cook<br />

stoves were deployed, resulting in CO2 sequestration.<br />

Furthermore, women are taking on leadership roles in<br />

bamboo value chains, which has enabled them to establish<br />

microenterprises and contribute to green growth and<br />

economic development.<br />

For more information, please visit: https://www.inbar.int/<br />

project/sino-east-africa-bamboo-development-projectmephase-ii/<br />

or email to us : info@inbar.int or earo@inbar.int<br />

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Kontiki <strong>Bamboo</strong> Works LTD. (KBWL) is a Ugandan registered<br />

business in 2018 and founded by Dr Koojo Charles Amooti. It<br />

is located in the Albertine Graben of the Western Rift Valley in<br />

western Uganda and producing high-quality bamboo products for<br />

environmentally conscious consumers. We are sustainable and<br />

eco-friendly enterprise offering environmentally sound alternative<br />

products for the construction and hospitality industry, reducing<br />

dependence on non-bio gradable materials and contributing to a<br />

greener circular economy and more sustainable future.<br />

We will expand our current 780-acre bamboo plantation to 1200<br />

acres to ensure a steady supply of high-quality raw materials<br />

by 2025. <strong>Bamboo</strong> will be very crucial as part of the community<br />

reafforestation in the region through setting up “<strong>Bamboo</strong> Per<br />

household Initiative” targeting 100 million bamboo seedlings.<br />

Kontiki <strong>Bamboo</strong> has invested worth USD 450,000 and is capable of<br />

creating over 50,000 new jobs over the next 5 years.<br />

Kontiki <strong>Bamboo</strong> Works is run by Professional Executives with<br />

other 52 non-executive employees. Our comprehensive approach<br />

encompasses various initiatives, including farmer training and<br />

seedling provision, sensitization and awareness campaigns<br />

highlighting bamboo’s unique advantages, the cultivation of<br />

sustainable farming methods, and the green circular manufacturing<br />

of diverse bamboo-based items. With a vision centered on<br />

promoting bamboo agroforestry, we aspire to contribute significantly<br />

to Uganda’s economic growth while paving the way for a greener,<br />

more sustainable future.<br />

Products & Services<br />

Kontiki <strong>Bamboo</strong> offers a wide range of bamboo products (72 items),<br />

including: <strong>Bamboo</strong> furniture, <strong>Bamboo</strong> kitchenware (e.g., cups,<br />

toothpicks, skewers, table mats, and baskets), <strong>Bamboo</strong> construction<br />

materials (e.g., poles), <strong>Bamboo</strong> blinds, screens, biochar <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

seedlings and nursery establishment services.<br />

Website: www.kontikibambooh.com<br />

Email: info@kontikibambooh.com<br />

Cell Phone: +256 772 522 707<br />

Office: +256 772 775 005<br />

8 kms Hoima Masindi Road<br />

Kikwatamiigo LC1, Mparo Division<br />

Hoima City, Uganda<br />

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: https://www.bambooint.com<br />

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<strong>Bamboo</strong> Village, initiated by Dutch<br />

entrepreneur Henri Potze, tackles climate change and<br />

poverty by planting bamboo in Uganda. Established in 2018<br />

as a nursery, it now boasts over 10 bamboo species and<br />

a certified plantation northwest of Kampala. This initiative<br />

educates locals, creates jobs, and removes CO 2<br />

from the<br />

atmosphere, certified by ONCRA since October.<br />

Beyond the nursery and plantations, <strong>Bamboo</strong> Village aims<br />

to demonstrate bamboo’s circular sustainability. It plans a<br />

factory for durable bamboo materials and aims to build an<br />

entire village with bamboo homes. International investment,<br />

through the purchase of carbon removal credits, is<br />

welcomed to broaden the impact of the project. Companies<br />

interested in shifting their bamboo supply chains and<br />

production to Uganda are also invited to reach out.<br />

Greenhouse Sustainability, another venture of Henri<br />

Potze, with its main clients in the horticulture sector, offers<br />

footprint assessments and develops user-friendly tools<br />

tailored for actors in this industry. Now, it also offers carbon<br />

offsetting through <strong>Bamboo</strong> Village.<br />

Join <strong>Bamboo</strong> Village to contribute to a sustainable future<br />

and learn more about environmental footprint assessments<br />

and carbon sequestration with bamboo on their website.<br />

https://www.bamboovillage.world/en<br />

https://greenhouse-sustainability.com/en/<br />

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Iberian <strong>Bamboo</strong> Association:<br />

Pioneering Sustainable Development<br />

Founded in 2020, the Iberian <strong>Bamboo</strong> Association (AsIB) is at the<br />

forefront of promoting sustainable bamboo use across Europe.<br />

AsIB’s commitment encompasses advocacy, education, and fostering<br />

collaboration, positioning bamboo as a key resource for sustainable<br />

economic development and climate action.<br />

Join us at the 2nd Iberian <strong>Bamboo</strong> Symposium, taking place in September<br />

<strong>2024</strong> in Lisbon, Portugal. This event will explore bamboo’s vast potential<br />

through masterclasses and conferences discussing its role in modern<br />

architecture and industries. Designed to educate and inspire, the<br />

symposium encourages networking among industry leaders, enhancing<br />

global and regional bamboo initiatives.<br />

For those eager to learn about the latest in bamboo innovation and<br />

contribute to a sustainable future, early-bird registration is available at<br />

https://asibambu.org/asibevent/<br />

Discover how you can be part of this transformative experience.<br />

Explore the benefits of membership and connect with global bamboo<br />

leaders by visiting AsIB’s website: https://asibambu.org/en/<br />

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Bernice Dapaah is the founder of Envirotech <strong>Bamboo</strong> Limited (EBL), the commercial arm of the Ghana <strong>Bamboo</strong> Bikes<br />

Initiative (GBBI), which aims to harness the socio-economic potential of bamboo to prevent environmental degradation<br />

while empowering communities. EBL, operating through its website www.envirotechgh.org, focuses on promoting bamboo<br />

resources and other indigenous tree species for ecological restoration and industrial feedstock. One of their primary initiatives<br />

involves the restoration of degraded forests through the establishment of commercial plantations and agroforestry systems,<br />

allowing for rotational food crop production in the planted areas.<br />

Recognising bamboo as one of the most valuable natural resources for adapting to climate change and achieving Sustainable<br />

Development Goals (SDGs), EBL designs, builds, and markets a variety of bamboo products in line with environmental<br />

policies. Among these products, bamboo bikes stand out as a flagship offering, serving both local and export markets for<br />

social, economic, and environmental development.<br />

Moreover, EBL has forged partnerships with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to champion the distribution of free<br />

bamboo bicycles to needy students. This initiative not only promotes sustainable transportation but also aims to bolster<br />

learning and punctuality in schools. Through these collaborative efforts, Bernice Dapaah and Envirotech <strong>Bamboo</strong> Limited are<br />

making significant strides towards creating a more sustainable and empowered future for communities in Ghana and beyond.<br />

Bernice Dapaah is a serial award-winning entrepreneur and<br />

a passionate advocate of smart mobility systems. Recognized<br />

internationally as a climate trailblazer, she has spent several<br />

years in Ghana and across the globe advocating for a regional<br />

shift toward eco-mobility and integrated transport in keeping<br />

with the ethos of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).<br />

Bernice is the Chief Executive Officer of Envirotech <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Limited and the founder of Ghana <strong>Bamboo</strong> Bikes Initiative and<br />

Bright Generation Community Foundation.<br />

Her early interest in bamboo led to rigorous experimentation<br />

and innovation of a green, functionally robust <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Bicycles and prototyping other bamboo product such as<br />

climate-smart <strong>Bamboo</strong> Green House.Her work has train and<br />

created employment for youths directly and indirectly and<br />

enriched the plantation stock of Ghana through her ambitious<br />

effort to tackle the issue of deforestation and ecosystem<br />

degradation.<br />

For her contribution to bamboo industrialization, she was<br />

appointed as <strong>Bamboo</strong> Ambassador by the World <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Organization in and has since been an active advocate for<br />

regional integration of bamboo. She has recently won the<br />

Women Agripreneurs of the Year Award and been crowned<br />

as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent<br />

(MIPAD), the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Lighthouse<br />

Activity Award and a Climate Trailblazer held Global Climate<br />

Action Summit in San Francisco.<br />

Bernice is now an alumnus Young Global Leader of the<br />

World Economic Forum. She has been honored with the<br />

World Entrepreneurship Forum’s<br />

“Entrepreneur for the World<br />

Award” and World Business and<br />

Development Award Winner for<br />

her impact on society and the<br />

capacity to change in the world.<br />

She sits on the advisory boards<br />

of World Intellectual Property<br />

Organization - Green (WIPO Green)<br />

in Switzerland.<br />

https://ghanabamboobikes.org/<br />

https://envirotechgh.org/<br />

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About Small Farm Cities Africa<br />

Small Farm Cities Africa (SFC) is a U.S. (Delaware) and Malawi-registered company that designs,<br />

builds, and operates ultra-affordable planned communities in Africa.<br />

SFC blends drip-irrigated greenhouse and open field horticulture, fish and poultry farming, with<br />

hyper-affordable home construction designed for working African households earning $50 to<br />

$500 per month. SFC communities are knit together with micro-municipal infrastructure (water,<br />

electricity, sanitation) and advanced technology, and offers access to Starlink satellite internet,<br />

e-learning, and many recreational amenities. The company coordinates production of premium<br />

agricultural products, as well as providing commercial services for the formal and informal market.<br />

SFC is conducting a feasibility assessment toward large scale bamboo industrial development in<br />

Malawi. The Malawi Ministry of Natural Resources has targeted 150,000 hectares (370,500 acres)<br />

for new bamboo cultivation by 2030 as a small part of their 4.5 million hectares commitment under<br />

the AFR100 African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative. SFC is collaborating with Malawi<br />

Government development finance institutions, the <strong>Expo</strong>rt Development Fund (www.edf.mw) and<br />

Malawi Agriculture and Industrial Investment Corporation (www.maiic.mw).<br />

https://www.smallfarmcities.com/<br />

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<strong>Bamboo</strong> is our future<br />

Team Three, an editorial and creative consultancy based in Washington, D.C. and Paris,<br />

is proud to sponsor the <strong>2024</strong> <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong> because renewable materials like<br />

bamboo are the key to decarbonising the built environment. Our clients think so, too, and<br />

we work with architects, builders, companies, nonprofits, institutions, researchers, and<br />

individuals in the design and construction industry who want to make a positive difference<br />

for our environment. We help them raise the visibility of their work on materials, resilience,<br />

and sustainability. Visit us today at https://www.teamthreellc.com to learn more about<br />

how we can help you.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> has been heralded as the material of the future — a pliable solution for<br />

architects and builders seeking sustainable methods and materials. But, bamboo’s past is<br />

just as rich as its future potential, making it both new and nothing new at the same time<br />

— a material for the ages. Want to learn more? Check out <strong>Bamboo</strong> Contemporary: Green<br />

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which showcases homes built entirely from bamboo and building projects and renovations<br />

that use bamboo as the primary material. Find your copy of <strong>Bamboo</strong> Contemporary today<br />

at https://www.teamthreellc.com/books.<br />

PRAISE FOR<br />

BAMBOO CONTEMPORARY...<br />

“An insightful and<br />

forward-looking<br />

consideration<br />

of the architects<br />

working toward<br />

a more environmentally<br />

conscious future.” – Colossal<br />

“Richards presents<br />

a beautiful book<br />

that showcases<br />

14 bamboo-construction<br />

houses across the globe,<br />

from Indonesia to Brazil....<br />

Unique ideals and gorgeous<br />

photography abound<br />

in this beautifully produced<br />

book.” – Library Journal<br />

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Walter Liese<br />

Walter Liese and Arief Rabik<br />

Johan Gielis, curator<br />

Prof. Dr. Dr. m.h.c. Walter Liese (January 31, 1926 – February 24, 2023) was the most<br />

influential bamboo researcher of the last fifty years. At the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong><br />

<strong>2024</strong>, we want to honor him with an exhibition about his life and work. Walter Liese<br />

received numerous awards and honorary doctorates (m.h.c. stands for multi honoris<br />

causa) for his invaluable contributions to research in the fields of wood anatomy and<br />

forestry with a focus on trees, bamboos, palms and rattans, and to his never-ending<br />

efforts for international cooperation.<br />

Dr. Johannes Welling has collected papers, books, slides, and various objects from Walter<br />

Liese’s estate and made them available to us. The aim is to make them a permanent part<br />

of the library of the Arboretum De Kleine Boerderij, Merksplas, Belgium. This collection<br />

includes books and a complete set of papers by Walter Liese and his father Professor<br />

Johannes Liese.<br />

Walter Liese’s slide cabinet contains hundreds of slides used by him in numerous<br />

publications and presentations around the world. A selection, mainly focusing on his<br />

work in the field of bamboo anatomy, has been digitized and is on display. This includes<br />

his pioneering work with the first electron micrographs showing the microstructure of<br />

wood and bamboo.<br />

Acknowledgements:<br />

Many thanks to Dr J. Welling<br />

and Mr J. Oprins (Arboretum).<br />

Curator: Prof Dr Johan Gielis<br />

Financial support: Geniaal BV<br />

Walter Liese School in Ghana<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> classification based on fibre bundles<br />

Fibre sheath Fs, Phloem Ph, Vessels V, Protoxylem Pr, Parenchyma Pa<br />

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<strong>Bamboo</strong> – The plant and its uses.<br />

Book Review<br />

Johan Gielis<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> – The plant and its uses, edited by Walter<br />

Liese and Michael Köhl, is the 10th volume In<br />

the Springer Series Tropical Forestry. In 2015<br />

Prof. W. Liese celebrates his ninetieth birthday,<br />

and almost 65 years of his life were devoted<br />

to bamboo research. Among many honorary<br />

doctorates and professorships, one of his most<br />

prestigious awards is the Brandis Medal. Sir<br />

Dietrich Brandis (1824-1907) is considered as<br />

the father of tropical forestry, but also wrote<br />

various papers on bamboo (Liese, 1986). In his<br />

last paper Brandis (1907) wrote: “I believe I am<br />

justified to recommend the study of <strong>Bamboo</strong> to<br />

younger botanists. The main part of the work,<br />

however, must be done in countries where<br />

bamboos are indigenous, and the first operation<br />

must be to establish facts.”<br />

Prof. Liese has brought this advice into<br />

practice, with many PhD students from Asia<br />

and a lasting influence in bamboo research in<br />

many countries in Asia, Africa and South-<br />

America. Foremost however has been his focus<br />

on establishing facts through research. We all<br />

know bamboo as a fantastic plant, which could<br />

provide solutions to many challenges mankind<br />

faces in the 21st century, from providing housing<br />

to a growing popu lation worldwide, all the<br />

way to mitigating climate change through<br />

reforestation and sustainable forestry. Without<br />

facts however, we are in the dark. This book<br />

aims to transfer knowledge and facts to<br />

younger generations.<br />

Prof. Liese has bundled in this book much<br />

of his knowledge from 60 years of research on<br />

bamboo. His seminal work with his colleague<br />

Parameswaran on using electron microscopy<br />

to study the anatomy of bamboo culms and<br />

rhizomes, has led to a better understanding of<br />

preservation methods, increasing the lifetime of<br />

bamboo utilization, and of industrial processing<br />

methods. The chapters Properties of the <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Culm and Preservation and Drying of <strong>Bamboo</strong>,<br />

written by him and his last PhD student Thi<br />

Kim Hong Tang, are highlights of the book.<br />

The final chapter on Utilization of <strong>Bamboo</strong> is<br />

quite complete, from more traditional uses in<br />

housing, the production of utensils and the<br />

use of the shoots, fruits and extractives, up to<br />

contemporary uses as bamboo parquet, bambooplastic<br />

composites, textiles and charcoal.<br />

Prof. Ratan Lal Banik contributed three<br />

chapters, namely Morphology and Growth,<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Silviculture and Harvesting Techniques.<br />

Also he bundles a lifelong expertise into those<br />

three very informative chapters. Although the<br />

main focus is on the Old World tropical bamboos,<br />

the detailed description of techniques and<br />

practices should be of interest to anybody<br />

involved in silviculture and agroforestry of<br />

bamboos. Pest and Diseases of <strong>Bamboo</strong>s is<br />

another very informative contribution. The<br />

chapter on Priority Species however, is very<br />

short and this type of information can be found<br />

elsewhere.<br />

The book focuses on stabilized scientific<br />

and technological knowledge and does not<br />

include ongoing research on physiology (see<br />

three chapters in this BSC volume) or DNA<br />

sequencing. Much of this research however is<br />

not stabilized yet and a lot of new results can be<br />

expected in the years and decades to come.<br />

One example is the first chapter of Lynn Clark,<br />

the leading expert on bamboo taxonomy today,<br />

describing the state of the art on <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Taxonomy. The availability of molecular methods<br />

has led to many new insights in taxonomy but<br />

also raises many more questions. This is how<br />

science advances, and typically these advances<br />

are published in scientific journals. It is only when<br />

certain research areas have reached a certain<br />

maturity that it is time for a landmark book<br />

summarizing existing knowledge in a broad<br />

field. <strong>Bamboo</strong> – the plant and its uses is such a<br />

landmark book, and at the same time Prof.<br />

Liese’s legacy, and is highly recommended to<br />

everyone involved in bamboo research.<br />

REFERENCES:<br />

Liese W. (1986) To the memory of Sir Dietrich<br />

Brandis. The Indian Forester 112 (8): 639-645.<br />

Sir Brandis’ 1907 “Remarks on the structure of<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> leaves”.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>, Science & Culture - The Journal of the American <strong>Bamboo</strong> Society 28: 40 (2015)<br />

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<strong>Bamboo</strong> Business<br />

and Rural Development<br />

Our story doesn’t start with bamboo, but with the idea to make<br />

the Rural areas get better livelihoods.<br />

Regular crops were not making it, and we had to find a way.<br />

Twelve years ago, we saw that in our area, bamboo grew<br />

well, and it was a great species to add to a permacultural and<br />

agroforestry system. So, we started planting Guadua Angustifolia<br />

and Dendrocalamus Asper.<br />

As our bamboo grew, we started acquiring knowledge and found<br />

out that the secret for bamboo was curing. A well cured bamboo<br />

could be used for many things, including beautiful, sustainable<br />

and durable constructions.<br />

We built a small Eco village and Eco hotel to test our theories, and<br />

have companion trees and plants, as well as goats and chickens.<br />

Then, we found out that in our country, many years ago, there<br />

were efforts to plant bamboo, but there was no follow up to<br />

identify markets and sell the product.<br />

So, we started developing techniques and processes to use<br />

bamboo and find clients for the varios products, and gathering<br />

producers with mature and ready to harvest material.<br />

Now, we are setting up our industrial transformation facility,<br />

we have our small furniture manufacturing shop, have many<br />

associates with many hectares of land ready to plant and<br />

plantations ready to harvest, and are in discussions with<br />

offtakers to start exporting our products.<br />

As a conclusion, we now know that bamboo is not a<br />

destination, but a journey, and we are so happy to<br />

share with all of you!<br />

Juan Pablo Martínez<br />

CEO<br />

Wübu, S. A.<br />

The <strong>Bamboo</strong> Experts<br />

Guatemala City, Guatemala C.A.<br />

Cel.: +502 5202 8141<br />

Fb, Ig, LinkedIn : @wubu.gt<br />

www.wububamboo.com<br />

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SUPPORTER<br />

Forest Stewardship Council <br />

FSC -certified bamboo forests now<br />

span over 647,000 hectares worldwide.<br />

© FSC China / Dieter Kühl<br />

What is FSC?<br />

The most credible sustainable forestry solution, ensuring that forest-based<br />

materials are sourced in a way that supports responsible forestry.<br />

An international NGO, FSC has been working to protect the world’s forests<br />

for 30 years.<br />

FSC is the only forest certification system supported by NGOs such as WWF.<br />

FSC pursues its mission by defining strict standards for forest management and<br />

establishing the environmental, social, and economic requirements that must be<br />

met throughout the supply chain – from the forest where the material is sourced<br />

to the point where it is sold, either with an FSC declaration or an FSC label on a<br />

finished product.<br />

The world’s leading mark for sustainable forestry, the FSC logo allows companies<br />

to showcase their forest commitment. The FSC labels can only<br />

be applied to eligible products by an organization holding FSC certification.<br />

CHOOSE FSC -CERTIFIED BAMBOO<br />

Products containing bamboo can be sold as FSC-certified when they are manufactured and labelled<br />

according to the requirements of FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification.<br />

Which products can be FSC-certified?<br />

Any products made entirely from, or containing, FSC-certified bamboo.<br />

Who can label and sell a certified product?<br />

An FSC-certified product can only be labelled and sold by company<br />

certified according to the FSC Chain of Custody standard.<br />

What does it mean that a product containing bamboo is FSC-certified?<br />

It means that bamboo comes from a forest area managed in accordance<br />

with FSC Principles and Criteria for responsible bamboo forest<br />

management.<br />

Contact us: vcd@fsc.org FSC F000100<br />

https://fsc.org/en<br />

© FSC China / Feiyue Liu<br />

This on-product label<br />

is for illustration<br />

purposes only.<br />

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SUPPORTER<br />

Vinc(e) Math<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Construction Consultant<br />

German-born carpenter Vinc(e) Math has a passion for woodworking,<br />

which has been his lifelong pursuit. His eagerness to learn about new<br />

materials and techniques led him to explore the world of bamboo. With<br />

guidance from the world-renowned bamboo builder Jörg Stamm, Vinc<br />

seized the opportunity to expand his knowledge and skills in the field,<br />

with the intention of sharing his expertise<br />

with other like-minded visionaries across<br />

the globe.<br />

His bamboo consultancy focuses on<br />

innovative construction solutions and<br />

educational workshops, aimed at promoting<br />

sustainable design practices. Some of<br />

Vinc’s projects range from non-profit<br />

learning centers in Cambodia, multi-story<br />

structures in Indonesia, the award-winning<br />

ZCB <strong>Bamboo</strong> Pavilion in Hong Kong, luxury<br />

resorts and restaurant and various other<br />

bamboo installations around the globe.<br />

Through his work, Vinc has been able to<br />

create customized solutions for his clients<br />

that have a positive impact on both the<br />

environment and the local communities.<br />

If you would like to know more or collaborate on a project please connect!<br />

www.vincmath.com<br />

vinc@vincmath.com<br />

+1 (646) 920 0137<br />

vinc_math<br />

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SUPPORTER<br />

At Vista Verde, we are not just growing bamboo plants; we are cultivating a vision<br />

for a sustainable future.<br />

In our pursuit of a greener future, we have dedicated ourselves entirely to the<br />

cultivation of bamboo, a plant of which we have acquired extensive knowledge.<br />

Our focus is dedicated exclusively on growing this versatile and sustainable plant.<br />

Every day, we commit ourselves to turning our passion for bamboo into action,<br />

with the ambition of making the world around us greener and more sustainable.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> is at the core of our vision for a better future, and we are determined to<br />

continue our efforts and inspire others to do the same.<br />

As a permanent partner of <strong>Bamboo</strong>Logic, we guarantee a high-quality plant supply.<br />

Our shared commitment to sustainability is reflected in our efforts to harness the<br />

industrial capabilities of bamboo.<br />

As supporters of the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong>, we are excited to be part of a<br />

community that values sustainability and innovation.<br />

www.vista-verde.eu<br />

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SUPPORTER<br />

The Trilix – <strong>Bamboo</strong> Pavilion<br />

Located at the New <strong>European</strong> Bauhaus festival in Brussels<br />

A collaboration of the Dutch <strong>Bamboo</strong> Foundation, bkvv<br />

architecten and Vinc Math.<br />

A bamboo pavilion in the middle of the capital of Europe. That is<br />

what we have built up in the six days prior to the festival. The<br />

<strong>European</strong> Commission was inspired by the pavilion in Uganda<br />

that bkvv architecten had built for their client (Enabel Belgium<br />

and Ugandan MoES) and desired a <strong>European</strong> version for their<br />

festival in April. With guidance from bamboo consultant Vinc Math<br />

a team of artist, architects and builders has built the pavilion. The<br />

Arcade du Cinquantenaire of Brussels has been a beautiful decor<br />

for this project. <strong>Bamboo</strong> as a natural irregular material made a<br />

beautiful contrast with the rigid shape and order of the neoclassical<br />

monument around it. Though at the same time it synchronized<br />

through its curvy shape with the impressive colonnades and detailed<br />

decorations. Through the network of the Dutch <strong>Bamboo</strong> Foundation<br />

we were able to harvest bamboo in Europe and even a part in the<br />

Netherlands to make it a locally sourced building, in line with the<br />

festival’ s sustainability goals. The pavilion was well-received with a<br />

lot of new appreciation for bamboo. Will your city be the next to host<br />

a bamboo pavilion with this elegance? Our team is prepared to make<br />

it happen!<br />

www.dutchbamboo.org www.bkvv.nl www.vincmath.com<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> and circular economy, an urban scenario<br />

Lorena Nolte, M.S.<br />

Architect<br />

Since the beginning of times, communities around the world have lived for many centuries, in harmonious<br />

relationship with Nature. They used to see themselves as part of a system.<br />

However, it seems like, as more discoveries and experiments developed in urban societies the more apart,<br />

we move away from Nature. According to “UNS Talk about Circular Economy” two thirds of global energy<br />

are consumed in the cities. 70% of global resources are used in cities. Meaning that the mayor product’s<br />

consumption take place in big cities. At this point we are aware of all the repercussions that this linear economy<br />

model has done to the planet.<br />

Cities expansion and growth, in addition to the increase of building activities in a linear economy system, have<br />

produced an increasing demand for extractive raw materials in the last years. This demand and the increasing<br />

consumption of resources over time and their low return to the quarry, affects its system’s natural balance. It<br />

results in the rise of atmospheric greenhouse gases, thus accelerating climate change.<br />

Therefore, it is necessary for societies to change to processes that collaborate mitigating the effects of climate<br />

change. They should review the principles and paths of regenerative systems from ancient communities. We all<br />

urgently need to turn in a more resilient society, helping Earth to bear the previously known balance among its<br />

elements, creating synergies and upgrading system’s organization.<br />

According to the <strong>European</strong> Parliament, “Circular Economy is a model of production and consumption which involves<br />

sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In<br />

this way, the life cycle of products is extended.”<br />

So, what can we do?<br />

We need to look for a new and better professional approach,<br />

to think as a system. As architects, designers or engineers<br />

we could start designing in a different way, using innovative<br />

materials to impact positively the surrounding.<br />

It is necessary a collaborative work with industries, reusing<br />

“waste”, creating disassembled pieces or elements with<br />

replaceable parts. We could design demountable buildings<br />

or modules, using prefabricated building systems, extending<br />

the product’s useful lifetime. Seeking the efficiency of new<br />

building materials or in the rediscovery of materials, wood or<br />

bamboo-based parts. In this way, a building´s carbon footprint<br />

could be reduced in the construction process and in its use<br />

phase.<br />

Since this article focuses on bamboo’s transformation to<br />

step-up to fulfill city’s needs, it aims to collaborate in shifting<br />

mindsets and start seeing bamboo as a valuable resource into<br />

a more sustainable model.<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

Why bamboo?<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> is a grass known as “vegetable steel” in the<br />

construction world. It grows naturally in almost all continents,<br />

mostly in tropical and subtropical areas. Depending on the<br />

species, with proper forestry management, propagation,<br />

cutting, preservation and drying techniques, this plant<br />

achieves the ideal physical and mechanical characteristics for<br />

construction.<br />

Design for longevity and durability<br />

Products designed to have a longer lifespan, ensuring<br />

durability and ease of repair or upgrade. Develop new, added<br />

value, long lifetime products. <strong>Bamboo</strong> based composites for<br />

long-term carbon storage.<br />

According to the <strong>European</strong> Office of Statistics, Europe is the<br />

world’s largest bamboo importer, buying 37 % of the products<br />

available on the international market. One of the main reasons<br />

why bamboo is being increasingly considered as a resource<br />

for industrialized products could be the uprising price of<br />

timber and the dramatic deforestation all over the Earth.<br />

In the <strong>European</strong> construction industry, bamboo is mostly used<br />

as laminate products, mainly for flooring. <strong>Bamboo</strong> laminate<br />

flooring is currently mostly manufactured in China. According<br />

to information from the UN Commodity Trade Statistics<br />

Database in 2019, world trade of bamboo and rattan products<br />

reached USD 3.4 billion. This again shows the increasing<br />

demand of <strong>European</strong>s for bamboo products, with an increase<br />

of 5% as compared to 2018 data; the increase rate per year is<br />

even higher in the years prior to 2017.<br />

It is important therefore to think of bamboo as a fiber, as a<br />

polymer (part of a system). Industrialized bamboo products,<br />

which are known for their resistance and their ecological<br />

component, are well accepted in the <strong>European</strong> community.<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong>’s share<br />

Due to its multiple benefits, it is relevant to consider bamboo<br />

in a circular economy plan, where constant research and<br />

innovation should take place. That means to encourage<br />

continuous innovation in product design, manufacturing<br />

processes, and recycling technologies to improve the<br />

circularity of the economy.<br />

Education about sustainability is fundamental. Universities<br />

participation is needed, i.e. through master and PhD level<br />

research about hybrid bamboo material. As well as resin<br />

composition, the implementation of functional additives like<br />

fire retardants or insecticides.<br />

Local Government have also an important role in this<br />

transition to circularity by providing financial incentives for<br />

businesses to adopt circular economy practices, such as<br />

tax breaks or subsidies for sustainable initiatives. Also, by<br />

implementing policies and regulations that encourage circular<br />

economy practices and penalize wasteful or environmentally<br />

harmful practices.<br />

It is a positive choice, to trace the <strong>European</strong> bamboo supply<br />

chain, to increase resource efficiency, due to the potential to<br />

offer a real carbon negative solution for building materials.<br />

It is therefore necessary to consider the existing bamboo<br />

forest area in Europe and the harvest volumes for industrial<br />

production, including bamboo as a main input supply.<br />

Production<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> fibers have a lower density and higher tensile<br />

strength. It can be a composite (lighter) reinforcement for<br />

different applications to make the construction sector more<br />

sustainable. For example, panels, columns and beams<br />

In this transition to circularity, it is necessary to integrate<br />

digital technology to track and manage resources, optimize<br />

processes and enhance efficiency. Therefore, collaboration<br />

and networking among companies, government agencies and<br />

communities is needed.<br />

Sources<br />

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Circular_Economy_<br />

Explained.webm<br />

https://youtu.be/tPz3AVKX17k?si=EBXnFW9L4HSvDVws<br />

Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation<br />

https://www.facebook.com/UNStudioArchitecture/<br />

videos/1963864060389240<br />

https://www.tbsnews.net/thoughts/we-need-clear-strategycircular-economy-631494<br />

https://www.tbsnews.net/thoughts/we-need-clear-strategycircular-economy-631494<br />

https://youtu.be/eT1F1dQDHHM?si=Jrdbi1_EoxiLKKVx<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> shoots and beverages,<br />

new development trends in Mexico<br />

In the last twelve years in the state of Puebla, Mexico, the first commercial plantations<br />

have been promoted to promote the cultivation and business alternatives derived from<br />

bamboo. More than 450 hectares have been established in the Northeastern Sierra<br />

region of the state from 2008 to 2019, mainly for construction purposes. In Mexico there<br />

is poor attention in the orientation of bamboo plantations for the production of edible<br />

shoots and beverages under a bamboo bioeconomy model.<br />

With our pioneering project we ventured into the production of beverages with<br />

bamboo from a waste product such as the leaves of the Bambusa oldhamii<br />

species, projected to be “More than a <strong>Bamboo</strong> Beer”, so we have bet to<br />

venture into the food part of bamboo. Our second pioneering venture<br />

seeks to strengthen, diversify and generate an inclusive and sustainable<br />

development of the bamboo value chain in Mexico.<br />

We seek to promote new healthy food<br />

options contributing to improve the<br />

family economy and the availability of<br />

food both in quantity and quality,<br />

this being the first link in the<br />

chain of food and nutritional<br />

security. Promoting the culture<br />

of production, transformation<br />

and consumption of<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Shoots, within a<br />

formative, integral and<br />

circular scheme.<br />

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By Mauricio Mora<br />

Producer<br />

Agro-entrepreneur<br />

mm.moratello@gmail.com<br />

+ 52 2221 402287<br />

https://www.facebook.com/CervezaBambusaCholula


about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

Blue Temple is an architecture design studio based in<br />

Myanmar since 2017, our works explore the innovative use of bamboo<br />

in construction, combining traditional and modern techniques to expand<br />

architectural agency.<br />

Our portfolio is composed of volunteer-based initiatives, free-of-charge<br />

design workshops, and projects that seek social and environmental<br />

change. We have already built playgrounds, sports centers, community<br />

centers, public spaces, outdoor shades, and more recently low-cost<br />

housing for displaced people.<br />

Since the 1st of February 2021 military coup, nearly 3 million people<br />

have been displaced in Myanmar. After having gone through 3 years of<br />

prototyping and design, we have come up with a standardized housing<br />

unit that can be built for 1000 USD, the price of a smartphone, in just<br />

a week. The construction process combines prefabrication, community<br />

participation, customization, and modularity.<br />

https://www.blue-temple.com/<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> and I seriously met in Boom Festival,<br />

Portugal, the biggest green awarded music<br />

festival worldwide. For five editions I got involved<br />

in the build of a variety of monumental bamboo<br />

structures for the main stages, collaborating with<br />

master Gerard Minakawa from <strong>Bamboo</strong> DNA, USA.<br />

There bamboo started to grow fast in my mind,<br />

but the straight lines showed how they could also<br />

produce sharp curves. The traditional straightness<br />

giving way to organic shapes, in perpetual motion,<br />

yet static. The fascinating reunion of opposites.<br />

My designs play with helix, hyperbolic and<br />

reciprocal patterns. I don’t use any numerical or<br />

mathematical tools to achieve my creations,<br />

I sculpte the shape as it comes out. My work can<br />

be seen as in and outdoor art installations, but also<br />

as fonctional facilities, inviting one’s mind to pause<br />

for a moment, reassembling our so familiar right<br />

angles, horizontals and verticals in an unexpected<br />

order. Impelling the mind to open up to another<br />

perceptive for a moment.<br />

Lucy Seiler luceseiler@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/luceoidal/<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

ROOTING: <strong>Bamboo</strong> in Latin America<br />

Documentary<br />

ENRAIZANDO is a documentary that addresses the bamboo boom<br />

that Latin America, and particularly Mexico, is experiencing. Filmed<br />

in the year 2022, guided by the presenters Juani and Fran, founders<br />

of Escuela del Bambú, it is a roadtrip that covers a large part of this<br />

country, visiting the projects that are giving life to this bamboo fever,<br />

and getting to know its protagonists first hand. In 4 chapters of 23<br />

minutes and with figures of great renown and quality in their craft and<br />

words, such as Jaime Peña - Arquitectura Mixta - or Lucila Aguilar<br />

- Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos - as interviewees, the documentary travels from the fields and communities where<br />

bamboo is produced, to the architectural offices in the big city where new large-scale projects are designed,<br />

always taking a great lesson from its protagonists. For any person or professional interested in learning more<br />

about this world, and also in getting into the human side of bamboo, this is a great audiovisual piece.<br />

<strong>Expo</strong><br />

For the <strong>European</strong> <strong>Bamboo</strong> <strong>Expo</strong>, the first twenty-three min chapter of the Series of four chapters will be shown.<br />

This deals with the state of bamboo in the State of Chiapas, Mexico, and introduces the viewer in the communities<br />

that produce it, as well as includes interesting and warm interviewees who presents its constructive use (with<br />

incredible new touristic structures), as well as its food use (preparing a kombucha with bamboo extract).<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> School<br />

The <strong>Bamboo</strong> School project is an international formation project and <strong>Bamboo</strong> Project Accelerator, which was<br />

born in Chile in 2019, and is now based in Chile and Spain. As a training project, it has conducted workshops and<br />

assisted socio-ecological local projects in Latin America. The School is oriented to valorize and promote bamboo<br />

as a relevant agent in forest communities, as well as a material with regenerative properties, addressing the<br />

development lines of training, research, dissemination and mentoring.<br />

https://escueladelbambu.org/<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

Smart Grass Bicycles<br />

ateliers bamboo & bikes - “Things we love tell us what we are,”<br />

the philosopher Thomas Aquinas stated more than 800 years ago. Based on this quote, atelier bamboo<br />

&bikes designs individual bamboo bicycles.<br />

They show how we want to be seen, our preferences and our attitude. In short, one’s own bike is always<br />

something very personal and tells us about it, perhaps without us knowing it.<br />

© Horst Hamann<br />

Timeslices – meet the bamboo bike pioneers in a metaverse.<br />

The novel tells of the encounter with pioneers of bamboo bicycle construction at the<br />

end of the 19th century in Austria. Time travel is made possible by virtual reality and<br />

artificial intelligence.<br />

Rigorously researched historical facts are woven into a fictional narrative that makes<br />

clear the motivations and emotions of the pioneers. Behind this, however, there is<br />

always the question of what the retrospective experience of past events means for<br />

the time travelers.<br />

© Uwe Esser<br />

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Find us on<br />

https://smartgrassbicycles.com/<br />

and our books at Amazon<br />

or using the QR-Code:


about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

Jorg is a <strong>Bamboo</strong> Master Builder with more than 30 years of<br />

experience in bamboo construction. He has been responsible for<br />

some of the most fascinating bamboo buildings and has worked<br />

across the world on large scale bamboo construction<br />

projects including the Three Mountains building in Bali<br />

and some of the largest bamboo bridges in Colombia.<br />

He is a board member of the Colombian <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

Federation and Co-founded Geoversity Design in<br />

collaboration with Nathan Gray. He was recognised<br />

as a World <strong>Bamboo</strong> Pioneer in 2022 by the World<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Organisation.<br />

Coming from a traditional German carpentry and<br />

wood technology background, Jorg followed the<br />

traditional way of German carpenters and traveled 3<br />

years to study different branches of his trade. During the<br />

winters he escaped to the tropics and discovered giant bamboo as<br />

being the ideal substitute for timber.<br />

Jorg was first exposed to bamboo construction after the 1994<br />

landslide in Colombia, where he helped rebuild a bridge with locally<br />

available Guadua poles. Schools, community centers and social<br />

housing followed. Now living in Colombia for 30 years he is an<br />

expert not only in the local style of using Guadua Angustifolia<br />

bamboo but also mixed in his european skills and know-how.<br />

In the past 30 years, Jorg has shared his knowledge and<br />

experience in building with bamboo through teaching workshops<br />

facilitating more than 50 workshops across the globe. Jorg is<br />

sought out to consult on various technical projects, including<br />

development of industrial bamboo processing facilities, machine<br />

installations, staff trainings and product development around<br />

the world.<br />

https://www.jorgstamm.com/<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Shoots: A Culinary Tradition<br />

Spanning Continents<br />

MSc. Natalia Reategui<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> shoots, a product deeply entwined with Asian culture, have traversed<br />

borders, making their way into kitchens worldwide alongside the exploration of<br />

the continent and the migration of Asian communities. For years, they graced the<br />

shelves of Asian wholesalers, canned, pickled, and sliced for consumption.<br />

Today, there’s a global surge in demand for these products, with the United States<br />

leading the Western world as the primary importer of processed shoots, boasting<br />

a market size of $35.6 million. This escalating demand has spurred a wave of<br />

innovation, diversifying product offerings from dried and saline-pickled to canned<br />

shoots in the 1980s to quick-frozen varieties, compound drinks, bamboo shoot<br />

powder, and fiber products post-2000s.<br />

This evolution owes much to the dissemination of research findings extolling the<br />

nutraceutical properties of bamboo shoots in scientific publications. These findings<br />

highlight their abundance in dietary fiber, macronutrients such as proteins, and<br />

essential minerals like potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, not to mention their<br />

health benefits, including anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-fatigue, and anti-obesity<br />

properties. Such nutritional prowess positions bamboo shoots as a superfood with<br />

vast potential across various food sectors.<br />

Since 2018, I have collaborated with diverse teams to introduce management<br />

techniques and preparation processes for edible bamboo shoots in Mexico,<br />

Peru, and Mozambique. Our efforts engage rural and urban populations alike,<br />

underscoring the myriad benefits of bamboo shoot products.<br />

Notably, women, particularly in rural areas, are drawn to this venture, as bamboo<br />

shoot production requires minimal physical exertion, presenting an empowering<br />

opportunity for them within the bamboo value chain. Moreover, it serves as a<br />

promising avenue for agroforestry systems, contributing to poverty alleviation and<br />

bolstering food security.<br />

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nataliareategui-echeverri-8709b568/<br />

https://bambubatu.com/bambu-batu/<br />

In partnership with Bambu Batu, we champion the cultivation, management, and<br />

processing of bamboo shoots for consumption. Our holistic approach delivers<br />

comprehensive solutions, tailored especially for rural communities, underpinning<br />

our belief in bamboo’s transformative potential in community development and<br />

climate change mitigation.<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

KuNa – bamboo homes for everyone<br />

Over 66 milion families in Latin America are homeless or live in<br />

inadequate shelters.<br />

KuNa, in Mayan Yucatec “House of Nature”, is a bamboo housing program with<br />

a mission to develop affordable, resilient and bio-based building solutions in<br />

emerging economies.<br />

Following hurricanes ETA and IOTA, the NGO Casa Congo led a public private<br />

partnership to setup the bamboo supply chain in Nicaragua – from farm to wall -<br />

and deliver the first 21 KuNa units for local families.<br />

What makes the KuNa model innovative is the <strong>Bamboo</strong>-Adobe Panel System<br />

(BAPS), which allows a small team with basic skills and tools to prefabricate and<br />

install a 50 square meter home in 1 week.<br />

KuNa won a prize for Architecture in Development’s 2022 global challenge and<br />

is in the semi finals for Built by Nature’s <strong>2024</strong> prize. With a growing presence in<br />

Nicaragua and upcoming projects in Mexico and Mozambique, Casa Congo’s vision<br />

is to scale KuNa in alliance with global technical experts and local communities<br />

who live in proximity to land where bamboo grows.<br />

https://casacongo.org/<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

© Jon Street<br />

© Andrew Moore<br />

<strong>Bamboo</strong> Circus promotional video<br />

Imagine <strong>Bamboo</strong><br />

A creative, artist-led approach to working with bamboo in the UK.<br />

Since 2021, we have brought together artists, engineers, designers, growers, partners,<br />

policy makers and communities to learn from international bamboo specialists and<br />

explore what we can design, build, play, grow and imagine with the kinds of bamboo that<br />

either do, or could, grow in the UK. Through creative labs, artist commissions, community<br />

collaborations and high profile outdoor cultural events in cities around the UK, we have a<br />

growing portfolio of creative components, including bamboo artworks, short films, music<br />

tracks and performances. For more information: www.imaginebamboo.co.uk<br />

This year, we are delighted to launch BAMBOO: a spectacular, new high-impact,<br />

high-skill outdoor circus production using only bamboo and human bodies - revealing<br />

the fragility and beauty of our interconnected and interdependent life on this planet.<br />

BAMBOO is a NoFit State production directed by Mish Weaver, in collaboration with Orit<br />

Azaz and Imagineer Productions. It is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, the Foyle<br />

Foundation, and Without Walls, and commissioned by Stockton International Riverside<br />

Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Hat Fair and Timber Festival.<br />

The show will be touring across the UK and Europe this summer and is suitable for<br />

events and festivals with cultural, environmental and sustainable design themes.<br />

Please contact dann@nofitstate.org<br />

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g52yTXQVt2E<br />

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about<br />

BAMBOO<br />

© Sidonie Ronfard<br />

© Sidonie Ronfard<br />

© Daniel Campbell<br />

Studio Také, founded by artist Laure JULIEN, identifies itself as an embodiment of<br />

ecological responsibility, cultural collaboration, and the development of artistic practice through crafts<br />

and natural materials.<br />

Initially, JULIEN established her practice in the Design Industry while successfully achieving a dual<br />

Masters degree in Fashion from ENSAD, Paris and BUNKA, Tokyo. Throughout her time in Japan, JULIEN<br />

apprenticed under the artist Tanaka KYOKUSHO and learned about bamboo as a material and craft, as<br />

well as its historic utility and cultural significance. This experience significantly contributed to JULIEN’s<br />

establishment of a practice that encourages collaboration and focus on sustainability on multiple levels,<br />

by revealing the potential of bamboo within modern art and design practice.<br />

JULIEN has since embarked on the conception of a design studio that promotes the<br />

diverse capabilities of local <strong>European</strong> bamboo through the creation of high-end pieces,<br />

at the intersection of objects, garments, and sculptures.<br />

JULIEN’s unique skills in bamboo weaving and fashion crafts allow her to<br />

collaborate with diverse artists, artisans, high fashion brands, or luxury interior<br />

design firms, around Europe.<br />

See more on https://laurejulien.com/<br />

https://www.instagram.com/laure_julien_/<br />

Contact:<br />

laurejuliendesign@gmail.com<br />

https://www.linkedin.com/in/laure-julien/<br />

© Sidonie Ronfard<br />

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Kika’s project addresses the urgent issue of women’s safety in public spaces, particularly in Latin American cities,<br />

where women face disproportionate safety concerns and fear. Through thorough fieldwork, Kika explored ways<br />

to enhance perceptions of safety and freedom in these environments. In response to her findings, Kika introduces<br />

a design concept for bamboo pavilions dedicated to women, integrated into Medellín’s urban infrastructure. She<br />

emphasizes the importance of fostering a community of mutual care, highlighting how bonds can form during the<br />

construction and use of these spaces. Women are encouraged to actively participate in building, managing, and<br />

adapting the pavilions to evolving needs. The choice of bamboo as the primary building material stems from its<br />

environmental sustainability benefits and its potential to empower women in construction. Lightweight, safe, and<br />

easy to work with, bamboo facilitates active women’s participation in the construction process. Complemented by<br />

biobased materials and circular design principles, the project aims to maximize bamboo’s sustainability benefits.<br />

Through this initiative, Kika contributes to the broader discourse on urban safety and social inclusion, fostering a<br />

more equitable and resilient urban environment.<br />

Kika Zdziarska<br />

Project details - Master’s thesis TU Delft repository:<br />

https://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid:de80161c-f1e4-48e9-a3c8-122750b95c13?collection=education<br />

TU Delft university: https://www.tudelft.nl/<br />

TU Delft Green Village: https://www.thegreenvillage.org/<br />

The Best <strong>Bamboo</strong>: https://thebestbamboo.com/<br />

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<strong>Bamboo</strong> and biodiversity<br />

Mona Stoehr<br />

It is a sensitive issue if non-native plant species are introduced as<br />

agricultural crops. The report examines biodiversity in a bamboo<br />

plantation and tries to give answers if a bamboo plantation can<br />

enhance the variety of species’ richness?<br />

Due to different vegetation structures, the analysis yields<br />

different results.<br />

The area with mainly Phyllostachys edulis is relatively poor in plant<br />

species. But it may be interesting as a habitat for animals.<br />

In the area where the clumping bamboo prevails, more different wild<br />

plants achieve to grow among and enhance a higher richness<br />

of species.<br />

The edge zones around the fields show the most diverse vegetation<br />

structures and demonstrate a biodiverse area.<br />

A bamboo field is not per se a biodiverse spot but has potential. In that<br />

regard, it is different from surrounding monocultural crops and can<br />

help prevent against the loss of biodiversity.<br />

https://bamboologic.eu/de/biodiversity-article/<br />

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Ecolink China was estabished in 2011, taking the advantages of bamboo raw materials resources<br />

in Fujian province of China, we focus on R&D on bamboo products for household, gardening, office<br />

supplies and gifts etc. Our slogan is “Go Green! No Plastic” because all our work is to find solutions<br />

to replace plastic with sustainable bamboo.<br />

We are dedicated to providing our clients with full range of good quality eco-friendly products with<br />

reasonable price. We aim to offer better service to our customers as well as to make people’s life<br />

environmental and better. Our vision is to become the symbol and leader of eco-products. Join us to<br />

bring the world a greener future.<br />

Email:<br />

Welcome to visit our website at www.ecolink-bamboo.com<br />

Email: sales@ecolink-ebei.com or WhatsApp +86 13358393969<br />

Email:<br />

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<strong>Bamboo</strong> Market City is your premier<br />

destination for all things bamboo!<br />

We specialize in offering a diverse<br />

range of eco-friendly bamboo<br />

products across various categories,<br />

including bamboo architectural and<br />

prefabricated structures, treated<br />

bamboo poles, and premium bamboo<br />

furniture. Our treatment facility and<br />

plantation are nestled amidst the<br />

serene beauty of the Western Ghats<br />

in the state of Maharashtra, situated<br />

at an elevation of approximately<br />

600 meters in the quaint village of<br />

Shedani. Blessed with abundant<br />

rainfall and surrounded by lush<br />

natural landscapes, our location<br />

supports the optimal growth of<br />

bamboo.<br />

From everyday essentials like<br />

bamboo fruit stands, pens, diaries,<br />

keychains, and trays, to stylish home<br />

décor such as lampshades, planters,<br />

and table-top accessories like mobile<br />

phone stands and table organizers,<br />

we offer a wide array of products<br />

(handicraft and machine-made), all<br />

proudly made in India.<br />

With a steadfast commitment to sustainability and quality, we bring you innovative bamboo solutions that not only elevate<br />

your lifestyle but also contribute to a greener planet. For more information about us and our products, visit our website<br />

at www.bamboomarketcity.com, or reach out to us with any inquiries at sales@bamboomarketcity.com.<br />

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Bouw met Bamboe! is an event - set to be the first of its<br />

kind in the Netherlands - focusing on bamboo in architecture and construction.<br />

It’s scheduled from Wednesday, June 19, to Friday, June 21, <strong>2024</strong>, at BlueCity,<br />

Rotterdam. The event will be conducted in English, and it will feature a symposium,<br />

several workshops, and an exhibition. It’s co-organized by Summum Engineering,<br />

Atelier Nomadic, Studio Walden and Maria Piels Architects.<br />

The event is specifically intended for people interested in using bamboo as<br />

a construction material for architecture. Together, we aim to bring together<br />

individuals from various fields who share our interest in this versatile material,<br />

providing a platform for its collaborative development in architecture.<br />

“Bouw met Bamboe!” is supported by Creative Industries Fund, and there are<br />

opportunities to also support and enhance the event, while reaching a broad<br />

audience of like-minded professionals. You can see the sponsor packages here:<br />

bouwmetbamboe.nl/support-us/<br />

For tickets, full event program, of speakers and workshop details please visit<br />

bouwmetbamboe.nl.<br />

Looking forward to seeing you in Rotterdam soon!<br />

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