World Bamboo Resources: A Thematic Study Prepared in the Framework of the Global Forest Resources Assembly 2005

Bamboo is a major non-wood forest product and wood substitute. It is found in all regions of the world and plays an important economic and cultural role. Used for housing, crafts, pulp, paper, panels, boards, veneer, flooring, roofing, fabrics, oil, gas and charcoal (for fuel and as an excellent natural absorbent), it is also a healthy vegetable (the bamboo shoot). Bamboo industries are now thriving in Asia and are quickly spreading across the continents to Africa and America.