Bamboo physiology and climate change

  • Use the resource, B4G- Bamboo For Good to discuss the case study of a collaborative effort of a number of public and private institutions to "mobilize bamboo resources for good" in East Africa and specifically in Uganda.
  • Use the table- Table 3. Bamboo attributes for climate change, page 28- from The poor man's carbon sink: Bamboo in Climate Change and Poverty Alleviation to discuss the attributes of Bamboo as the plant chosen to provide a fast growing and sustainable green cover to restore the human-induced fragmented forest ecosystems of Uganda.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using Bamboo as a climate adaptation strategy against deforestation in Uganda.
  • Elaborate on the possibility of improved photosynthetic efficiency of this species under increased temperature and atmospheric CO2 conditions.
  • Discuss how this contrasts with its sensitivity towards water stress and drought like conditions, the other aspects of climate related factors that impact photosynthetic efficiencies of C3 plants.
  • Go through the Case study of Bamboo for Good.
  • Navigate to various tabs on the website to learn more about the partnership programs in Uganda that work towards social empowerment, economic vitality, and environmental health through its different projects.
  • Explore the Bamboo attributes for climate change, (Table 3 on page 28)

Use the resources (one video and one reading) in the additional resources section of this lesson plan to discuss the benefits of using Bamboo to restore vegetation in large areas of Uganda that are denuded of natural forest cover due to deforestation by anthropogenic activities.