Bamboos form the single most important item of forest produce used by the rural communities in Asia and the Pacific, from the cradIe to the coffin.
Though once called the poor man’s timber it is no longer so. Its use as a long fiber raw material in the pulp and paper industry is well known and is one of the much sought after raw material in the tropics.
Its use in housing, agricultural, horticultural pursuits, fishing industry, powerplant, transport system both on land and water, handicrafts and production of edible shoots warrant reconsideration of the classification of bamboos as a ‘Minor Forest Produce’ in some countries and in others as ‘non commercial species’. Bamboo is found in natural forests, plantation forests and in unique types of agroforests in Indonesia.
In this modern world, Bamboo material gains popularity in building constructions as people started to develop consciousness in sustainable and eco-themed living and commercial spaces; Bamboo can be used for a huge variety of building purposes, including supporting columns, interior and exterior walls, flooring and kitchen/bathroom fittings, as well as structural frames, corner posts, rafters and roofing. It can easily be trained into different shapes, creating a versatile material for different building purposes.