Steve Cran on Permaculture Disaster Relief

Syndicated from an interview with Steve Cran on Permaculture disaster relief and Haiti.


3 thoughts on “Steve Cran on Permaculture Disaster Relief

  1. Would be interested in working on long term bamboo plantations as part of this project.

    WBO and Generation Bambou have taken the initiative to lead the way in this effort to mobilize the world of bamboo entrepreneurs and organizations worldwide with a goal to provide bamboo structures and plantations as one of the options in the rebuilding of housing and long range economic stability.

    We are all aware that the first priorities are food,water and medical supplies. Given the overall situation that currently exists ,this is a formidable task in itself.

    Our bamboo community has stepped up to the plate and the plate is full as we prepare to serve.

    We also have commitments from INBAR and CBTA(India) to support us in our efforts.

    Generation Bambou set the team in motion on January 16th by sending Kasra Mofarah to assess the on the ground situatation 4 days after the earthquake occurred.Xavier,Kasra and myself reviewed the ground mission and discussed our strategy after Kasra’s return to France on monday.We have decided short term that our efforts are best used to organize the shipment of materials and funding before myself and others begin actual construction of homes for the Haitian people that have been permanently displaced.

    Presently,we believe we can be most effective by simply working with the people of Haiti on the ground with local as well as imported bamboo that can be used with whatever else is available locally for materials.What has worked best from past experience is bamboo frames and lattice with mud or cement plaster walls and either grass or corrugated metal for roofing. We have met with 6 different people that have bamboo growing and are developing treatment technology to be used on site. These structures can then be made pemanent,lifelong earthquake proof dwellings as materials and skilled labor become more available.As Susanne has mentioned,any contacts with anyone locally would be greatly appreciated as we expand our network and create a local team of people to use bamboo for housing and develop ifrastructure for plantations and small scale production factories.

    We will continue our efforts to organize the bamboo resources that have been offered by many worldwide, as we raise capital for short and long term pilot project that will show what could be possible for those who are drawn to developing the potential of bamboo as one of the resources for a renewed economic support system.


    • I had this idea of reforesting Haiti’s denuded slopes with bamboo plantations and now I see that others have had the same notion. Not only would bamboo provide building material within a few years but there are several other uses of bamboo as living plants including nutrient uptake in waste water, erosion control, windbreaks, hedges & fodder. The growing plants are a carbon sink rather than a carbon producer when harvested as there is no burning of residue (as with other plantation timbers) and bamboo is a renewable resource because it just shoots again. Voila!


  2. hi there, I want to come build bamboo stardomes in HAITI to shelter large groups until undividual huts can be made. I am talking to a great guy you might know…Cory Richardson? or Corazon…he is already planning on arriving in haiti in May. Please keep me posted. I have been looking at a company called…We need enormous round pieces of their stretchy waterproof material for domes. I was hoping we could all convince them to make a donation!! Please let me know if you have any info on travel funds that may be available to disaster relief volunteers?


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