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The Bambooya Project (Now Pacific Forrest)

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We have chosen 7 projects to work on and publish about. One of them is called Bambooya. It is the plan to grow islands that float on the oceans, and use those islands to grow bamboo, farm fish and do other things that both capture carbon and rebalance our ecosystem. The plan is to do it extraeconomically, meaning without interaction with the economy we know, soley on the power of organic growth. Nutrients are found in the deep ocean. Of course wind and solar can be used, as well as other high tech stuff.

The continent of Bambooya

There are several examples of floating islands that support growth of crops on top, so there is no reason to believe it is impossible. Seastrating has been promoted, as well as floating habitats, and there is a wide community and basis of knowledge in that field. The proof of the pudding is in the eating however, we shoud do it and see how well it serves the ends.

A bit more bamboo and you can grow bamboo on it..

Bamboo is used in many ways, it is strong, flexible, grows fast and durable. Scaffolds, houses, bikes, furniture, clothes, can all be made of bamboo, and provide you have enough glue a lot of other stuff like dishes, lamps, plates. Bamboo can be piping for water it is enormously versatile. It is often the first thing that will grow somewhere so cultivation is not a big problem either.As such it is likely that there will be big interest in farming bamboo on a massive scale without the desire to capture carbon. The big problem however is that when one grows bamboo commercially one runs into the nature of the money with which we trade : it is carboncredit, so if you don’t use fossil fuels for your bamboo growing process, you won’t get credit to start. If you do sell bamboo into the market that triggers a response in banks that will try to own you by putting you into debt. As there are other more fossil fuel intensive options for the services bamboo has to offer the next step will be to limit or minimize the use of bamboo f.i. by writing a negative analyses of it’s qualities compared to steel or concrete or cotton. So a bambooya project based on commercial aims is destined to fail.

So we can’t write a fat business plan about millions being made growing bamboo. We do have a mascot though, the Panda! These lazy stupid animals only eat bamboo..You can say that if we look at the WWF potential this is a crazy good idea. How many fish species can benefit if we make bamboo seeweed farming islands? How many panda’s can live on the islands. What other bird species can be given sancturary on the islands. Imagine the new floating green fields mad of bamboo. WWF did lauche a renewable energy campaign today.

To do this project right we should have our own experimentation base, somewhere on a sunny coast, for instance in Spain or Italy. Then it would be possible to grow and build the first rafts that will be used to grow the first generations of bamboo on the water. Thailand is probably an even better location, or even better, the Phillipines.

if you have suggestions or ideas to help us along, please email us at info@greencheck.nl 

Stakeholders:

Fisheries

Textile industry

Agricultural industry

Building sector

Fuel sector

Pharaceutical industry 

Beauty care product industry 

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