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VCS and FSC Certifications at EcoPlanet Bamboo's Plantations

22nd November 2012

VCS and FSC Certifications at EcoPlanet Bamboo's Plantations

Chase Wiseman and Bernardt Vogel on site

In August, EcoPlanet Bamboo's Central American operations underwent a rigorous accreditation process for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) certifications. The auditors, Rainforest Alliance, travelled to EcoPlanet's Central American plantations to ensure all operations upheld the social, environmental and economic principles of these certifications.

It is with great pleasure that we share with you today that both the Rio Siquia and Rio Kama plantations have been validated for VCS and FSC, with CCBA certification in its final stages of validation.

These certifications mark major milestones for EcoPlanet Bamboo, the bamboo industry and the climate change arena. The VCS carbon validation makes EcoPlanet the first registered large-scale bamboo project, a major policy breakthrough for bamboo, with its grey status between agriculture and forestry. Additionally, the FSC Forest Management certification is the first for bamboo outside of China and for clumping bamboos globally. Being FSC certified will enable our bamboo to be sold into existing timber markets, as a substitute fiber for a range of wood manufacturers.

The ultimate outcome is greater triple bottom line returns, which we are proud to share with the limited  limited pool of leaseholders who have invested in EcoPlanet's plantations.

As EcoPlanet Bamboo continues to drive the bamboo industry through research and setting global benchmarks for sustainability,they have been selected to promote bamboo at the most influential global event on forests and climate change. EcoPlanet's delegation will attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 18 in Doha, Qatar and will hold an exhibition at Forest Day 6.

 

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