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World Bamboo Day

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World Bamboo Day is 18 September. It’s a celebration to raise awareness of bamboo globally.

The world has begun to realize the potential of this resource. Technologies and innovations are leading to a greater use of the material in various production sectors. Engineered bamboo products enter larger markets, gaining greater acceptance and changing the way our environment is built. However, if we want to use more bamboo, to use it beyond traditional experiences, we must plant it to guarantee the availability of what will be one of the main raw materials of the near future.

The United Nations has declared the period from 2021 to 2030 as the “Decade for Ecosystem Restoration” – a massive global “call to action” to mobilize the political and financial support needed to restore deforested and degraded ecosystems over the next decade.

Bamboo is strong and adaptable. Bamboo species can restore the earth. Their unique characteristics of rapid growth, extensive root systems and pioneering spirit can reduce erosion, stabilize slopes, absorb heavy metals, create shade, house wildlife, recycle carbon dioxide and clean the air. Planting and managing sustainable bamboo forests means abundant raw material production for a new industrial future.

It is estimated that there are more than two billion hectares of deforested and degraded land worldwide awaiting human intervention to save, feed and breathe new life into it. The health of our planet needs us to do something big as soon as possible. In Italy there are more than three million hectares of uncultivated land.

The World Bamboo Organization also signed the Kew Declaration on Reforestation for Biodiversity, Carbon Capture and Livelihoods to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests. This important manifesto outlines the key demands made by reforestation policymakers, investors and professionals to enable better decision-making for global reforestation to safeguard forest biodiversity, mitigate climate change, produce the plant raw material needed to achieve of sustainable productions.

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