The CoP team hosted a workshop, organised by the DPRU, on 28th May in Cape Town, to discuss "Post-Mining Transformation through the Fibrous Plant Economy".
This 1-day workshop incorporated findings from the “Mine Land Rehabilitation and Phytoremediation, ‘Woody &
Non-Woody’ Plantations and Waste: Value Chain for the Future of Clean Energy in South Africa?” workshop held on
5 July 2017, and the Scheba et al report. The report highlighted the need to better understand the actual sustainable
development opportunities of fibrous biomass, including bamboo, in the country - and how to overcome the major
obstacles. Much more policy attention and action is necessary to support the nascent industry, and create a conducive
regulatory environment that can maximise its socio-economic benefits and minimise environmental risks.