Bamboo can provide sustainable building materials, restore landscape degradation, provide erosion control, and improve livelihoods in Haiti

Bamboo can provide sustainable building materials, restore landscape degradation, provide erosion control, and improve livelihoods in Haiti

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    ‘Can bamboo alleviate some of Haiti’s problems?’ A question many ecologists, architects and engineers have asked at a time when Haiti’s forest coverage has reached 1.4%. Deforestation has destroyed rural economies and has removed lightweight timbers from the Haitian construction sector. The consequences of which were seen in the disproportionate devastation and death-toll of the 2010 earthquake and the recent Hurricane Matthew. The fast growing material of bamboo is being increasingly seen as a solution not just in binding the exposed hillsides, but as a source of low cost, lightweight, and flexible material for construction. For the third year, the Architectural Association School of Architecture will be investigating the potential of bamboo, through experimental architectural design contextualized for the climate, culture and geopolitical complexities of this Caribbean nation.

    Project objectives

    The World Bamboo Organization (a U.S. 501c6 NGO, member of UN Global Compact) has joined forces with British architect John Naylor and local citizen Jane Wynne (Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve). The WBO will provide the expertise for appropriate species selection (which bamboo and for what), as well as global promotion and networking to coordinate additional workshops on bamboo propagation, plantation management, bamboo charcoal production for cooking fuel & water purification, etc.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Partnership types of interest

    Advocacy of global issues; Project funding

    Regions / countries / territories

    Americas: 53 countries

    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Aruba
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Bermuda
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • Cayman Islands
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Cuba
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Easter Island (Chile)
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    • French Guiana
    • Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
    • Greenland
    • Grenada
    • Guadeloupe (France)
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Martinique
    • Mexico
    • Montserrat
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • Nicaragua
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Puerto Rico
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Suriname
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • United States
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
    • Virgin Islands (British)
    • Virgin Islands (United States)

    Issue areas

    Child Labour; Children's Rights; Forced Labour; Human Rights; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Poverty; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Youth


    Existing partners

    Main contact: Susanne Lucas