The Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), under a smart land restoration programme, is leveraging on bamboo’s great ecological potential, to improve vegetation cover in some bare landscapes across the country.
The Institute is currently working to do this on riparian areas around the Volta River and its tributaries in the three northern regions of the country.
The land management scheme, named Sustainable Land and Water Management and Greening Ghana Project, aims at using bamboo for the restoration of the degraded Black, White and Red Volta river banks in the three northern regions.
This is contained in the 2017 annual research report of FORIG made available to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi.
The report says about 120,000 bamboo plantlets have already been produced and planted as a practical climate-smart land management activities in these areas.
The Institute is also liaising with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana to use the plant in land restoration processes in the country.
The report said bamboo is a valuable resource that has been documented to help communities mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
It has also been used in ecological conservation and land restoration programmes in many countries, while offering lots of climate-smart benefits for local communities, by converting solar radiation into useful goods and services.
Bamboo does this better than other tree species, the report says.
FORIG is also exploring how communities could effectively harness bamboo and promote the development and management of bamboo forest in the country.
“If bamboo forest is promoted, it could generate income to communities, absorb up tons of carbon and mitigate tons of greenhouse gas emissions”, the report said.