SPEED OF GROWTH
Considered as a grass and as fast growing, bamboo can grow up to one meter per day. The construction grade bamboo Guadua grows 80 percent of her volume in the first 3 month and after this initial growth spurt over the next 4-5 years guadua can grow up to 30 metres tall.
One hectare of Guadua Bamboo can absorb up to 30,000 litres of water during the typhoon season and deposit this slowly back into the soil. With landslides being the deadly result of deforestation during these seasons this can be an instant life saver to rural communities.
Bamboo can sequester more carbon than hard-wood. Given the global drive to curb carbon emissions through carbon offset schemes, if Myanmar were to start growing bamboo for construction, this could financially incentivise landowners to simultaneously reforest and clean the atmosphere.