Help bambu3life conserve Langkawi rainforest
Organized by: Tony Tran
On my recent holiday to Langkawi, Malaysia, I came across a local movement of village folks operating a rural economic transformation program which promote the planting of tropical giant bamboo to mitigate climate change and protect one of the oldest rainforest and UNESCO geopark in Langkawi, Malaysia. Bambu3life, started off in 2007 as a research program to study the benefits of tropical giant bamboo. Today the program has expanded to work towards creating a carbon economy for the local village communities through the sale of treated bamboo timber replacing dependency on the rainforest for timber. This initiative will both conserve and repair the damage to the rainforest. Bamboo grown on vacant agriculture land is an efficient approach to achieve this objective. While in Langkawi, I had the rare opportunity of seeing tropical giant bamboo flowering which in return produce seeds for its regeneration. I was told that this only happen within 60 to 100 years. After the flowering, the bamboo clump dies. Bambu3life is collecting these natural seeds and expanding their planting program. They need to raise US$50,000 to take hold of this opportunity to expand their nurseries and planting program. After seeing the majestic beauty of tropical giant bamboo, I am convinced that it is a viable solution to mitigate climate change and help us repair the damage done to the rainforest.