The time for bamboo is now: how ready is Timor-Leste?

Rosangela Tenorio, Jairo Da Costa Junior

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Bamboo is an amazingly versatile plant. Like timber it can be used for building homes and furniture but is stronger and easier to produce. Like forests, bamboo groves can mitigate emissions and protect soil from erosion, but can grow to maturity in as little as five years. Although used for a myriad of purposes throughout history, the bamboo industry seems to be having something of a moment – its market size globally was US$68.8 billion in 2018, a 5% increase on the previous year. For a country like Timor-Leste which has issues with both deforestation and accessing cheap building materials, establishing a robust bamboo industry would have a lot of advantages.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationDevPolicyBlog
PublisherDevelopment Policy Centre Crawford School of Public Policy ANU
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2020


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