Call for Proposals – Independent Impact Study of African Bamboo’s proposed activities, Ethiopia

Land degradation occurs across the world, and has increasingly adverse impacts on the environment. Ethiopia has set ambitious national voluntary targets to achieve a land degradation neutral environment throughout the country. With its long root systems, Bamboo has the ability to grow on degraded soils and steep slopes making it an interesting species for use in landscape restoration.

The LDN TAF seeks to support African Bamboo on its way to investment readiness. In order to do this, IDH invites eligible consultants to submit a proposal for the assignment ‘Independent Review of Project Risks and Impact Potential of African Bamboo’s proposed activities, Ethiopia’.

African Bamboo’s investment proposal focuses on the development of innovative biomaterials and the execution of smart manufacturing across Africa via licensing of proprietary products and processes to Africa-based entrepreneurs. The focal raw material for the project is highland bamboo (Yushania alpina), which grows in highland regions across sub-Saharan Africa.

The study consists of a sustainability assessment of African Bamboo’s proposed activities to harvest natural bamboo forest by contract workers and to establish a bamboo outgrowers scheme at scale outside of the natural forest. In addition, a feasibility assessment of FSC certification is needed for African Bamboo’s natural forest management activities.

We invite you to read the Terms of Reference below and to submit your proposal before the 9th of September 2020.

Investments in Land restoration and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices are needed to avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation. The Land Degradation Neutrality Technical Assistance Facility (LDN TAF), managed by the IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, is able to provide technical assistance to projects in implementation stage so that LDN Fund clients have greater capacity to implement projects to a higher technical standard and/or with increased positive social and environmental impacts. More information on the LDN TAF can be found here

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