The Bamboo in Ecuador

The Bamboo in Ecuador

Different cultures around the world have used bamboo in their daily life for centuries. Bamboo is part of the history of mankind because it was one of the first raw materials used in the production of paper; culturally, it is part of the material heritage (ancient dwellings) and intangible (ancestral knowledge) of Ecuador.

When referring to bamboo, we refer to the Guadua angustifolia species, known in Ecuador as bamboo cane, in Peru as cane Guayaquil or simply Guayaquil and in Colombia as "guadua". Currently, in some regions and even by professionals, bamboo is considered "poor material", however, its durability will depend on its proper use, as required by steel, concrete and other construction materials.

The testimonies of the durability of bamboo are still existing buildings that were built more than 100 years ago along the Coffee Axis in Colombia, or in cities such as Guayaquil, Jipijapa, Montecristi in Ecuador.

A few weeks ago in the city of Manta was held the 2nd day of Bamboo Manta 2018, which the Laic University Eloy Alfaro de Manabí (ULEAM), will host the Bamboo Days 2018. This work agenda was developed in the auditorium of the Faculty of Communication Sciences, the same one that invited national and international lecturers experts in this plant steel.

These days were held not only to publicize the advances in bamboo in the last 3 years that are significant, but to give another perspective of how this cane can be used for constructive use, which in Ecuador this material provides many possibilities.

Fabián Moreno, member of the day, explains that the purpose was also to consolidate the moment of conjuncture between the bamboo sector and the state, so that the plans of the state's housing plans are bioclimatic dwellings made of bamboo.

What caught the attention of this day was its craft fair, which showed the different things that can be done with bamboo, and there was even a contest for the design and construction of structures, live, which captivated the Citizen citizens.

One of the advantages that guadua has is that it is a renewable and sustainable resource due to its great capacity for self-regeneration, so a well-managed bamboo can produce between 1200 and 1350 stems per hectare each year. A natural forest of guadua presents an average conglomerate of stems between 3000 to 6000 / ha in different stages of maturity, being mature and very mature stems the highest percentage (40-70%).

Posted on 10/04/2018 by Jean Chávez Art & culture, Events, Handicrafts 1 1971

1 Comment

  • Nam Hee CHOI

    Nam Hee CHOI 06/23/2019 Reply

    Dear Sir, Thank you so much for your information,
    I have two questions.
    1. when is the bamboo day 2019 and where will be held?
    2. I live in Pastaza province, which kind of bamboo are useful for productivity and etc? I appreciated you for your answers.
    Have a nice day!!

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