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Published on 01/09/2011

Bamboo: Green Gold for Minorities in Northern Vietnam

GRET’s project was showcased in a documentary on ARTE that aired on Saturday, July 3 at 7:15 p.m.

Since 2005, GRET has supported the sustainable development of the bamboo commodity chain in one of the country’s poorest mountain regions. The project promotes rational bamboo forest management and fosters the emergence of an innovative commodity chain creating added value and saving resources. Processing waste is recycled: producing activated charcoal, using sawdust to grow mushrooms, producing biogas. The project has created jobs in small processing workshops and increased the incomes of local populations. It also helps protect the environment and fight climate change by reducing consumption of fossil fuels and improving energy efficiency.

This documentary by Michel Dumont and Eric Bergeron introduces viewers to an isolated region of Vietnam with a karstic landscape shaped by bamboo. It reveals the multiple uses of this exceptional plant, from construction to food, and shows its importance in the lives of people in Northern Vietnam.