Planting bamboo for fencing and wind protection [Lao People's Democratic Republic]

technologies_2904 - Lao People's Democratic Republic

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1. General information

1.2 Contact details of resource persons and institutions involved in the assessment and documentation of the Approach

Name of project which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
Scaling-up SLM practices by smallholder farmers (IFAD)
Name of the institution(s) which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) - Lao People's Democratic Republic

1.3 Conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT

When were the data compiled (in the field)?


The compiler and key resource person(s) accept the conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT:


2. Description of the SLM Approach

2.3 Photos of the Approach

2.5 Country/ region/ locations where the Approach has been applied


Lao People's Democratic Republic

Region/ State/ Province:

Salavan province

Further specification of location:


6. Impact analysis and concluding statements

6.4 Strengths/ advantages of the Approach

Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the land user’s view
One of the methods is to plant bamboo to act as fencing which at the same time protects the Yang Bong trees from strong winds.
Prevents livestock and wildlife from damaging Yang Bong trees as bamboo produces many culms that impede animals from entering agricultural areas.
Bamboo can be used for handicraft activities (bamboo wall, bamboo sheets). Bamboo shoots are a source of food and can be sold to generate household income.
Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view
The bamboo can also withstand against wind to some extent. The bamboo roots penetrate deep into the soil and are thus preventing soil erosion. The bamboo also acts to some extent as a wind barrier.
The land user can save time and labour for harvesting bamboo shoots for household consumption.
Reduce the wood logging from forest to make fences.

6.5 Weaknesses/ disadvantages of the Approach and ways of overcoming them

Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the land user’s view How can they be overcome?
Crops that are shaded by bamboo will not flourish as successfully or will produce low yields. Therefore, bamboo branches need to be trimmed regularly. Therefore, it requires regular trimming of branches.
Some people in the village steal bamboo shoots without getting permission.

7. References and links

7.1 Methods/ sources of information

  • field visits, field surveys


  • interviews with land users


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