Use of bamboo on flood-prone riverbanks (fwd)

ranchos at ranchos at
Wed Feb 23 08:35:22 EST 2000


I've read that in Indonesia they plant bamboo on hillsides when they cut a
road to keep from having landslides. The root system of bamboo is huge,
great soil retention capacity.


At 10:12 PM 02/22/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 17:31:19 -0600
>From: Frederick Spielberg <fspielberg at>
>To: simonh at
>Cc: permaculture at, fspiel at
>Subject: Use of bamboo on flood-prone riverbanks
>Dear Sirs/Madams:
>I happened on your link via "Bamboo People."
>A technical question:  I have recently toured communities in northern
>Honduras devastated by floods following Hurricane Mitch in October 1998
>and again last September.  Local governments in the fertile floodplain
>around San Pedro Sula annually spend millions of dollars they can scarcely
>afford repairing destroyed riverbank walls. Bamboo seems to be a common
>site in the region, yet the riverbank walls are NOT planted with the
>species.  Most often the banks are left uncompacted, or when compacted,
>bare of trees.  Is bamboo a useful tool in securing the soil of a flood
>prone riverbank? And what are the down-sides of utilizing the plant in
>such an environment?
>Thank you in advance for any help you can throw my way.
>Fred Spielberg
>Regional Emergency Officer
>Oxfam/Great Britain in Nicaragua
>Please respond to:
>fspiel at
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