Developing a Fibre Micro-industry to Generate Economic Growth from Degraded Land
Fibre plants such as bamboo can be used to transform degraded land into a restorative agricultural sector and a dynamic manufacturing sector, which provides employment opportunities, inclusive socio-economic growth and poverty reduction in mining communities beyond the life-of-mine. The aim of this multi-disciplinary project is to determine through a Community of Practice whether fibre-rich biomass, including bamboo, can be used to remediate degraded land in a way that is economically feasible, leading to enhanced economic complexity, the establishment of a bamboo micro-industry, and crucially, higher value-add in output and job creation.
This Community of Practice is a true trans-disciplinary research undertaking. We aim to approach the research questions through cross-disciplinary engagement around the product:
Economic perspective: How can economic complexity be built on the basis of an understanding of local socio-economic linkages?
Environmental perspective: What environmental factors influence the ability of rapidly growing, fibre-rich plants to remediate damaged and polluted land?
Material and Engineering perspective: What are alternatives and implications for downstream processing options?
Legal perspective: What regulatory barriers exist, and how can they be addressed?
Towards Resilient Futures CoP
c/o Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU)
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5701 ResilientFutures@uct.ac.za