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The Praia do Forte Bamboo Project - Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil
Brazilian Center of Competence for Bamboo and Rattan
The Praia do Forte Bamboo Project is located in Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil. It aims at building a competence center for the multiple uses of bamboo, which is still very little used in Brazil, in handicraft as well as in construction. The center foresees close cooperation with Columbia, where leading architects like Simon Velez are active, with German universities, where much expertise for sophisticated construction methods involving bamboo has been elaborated, with China, where a significant industry has grown to manufacture machineries for house floor bamboo parquets, or with Asia in general, where  the manufacture of bamboo furniture has a sophistication which is unknown to Brazilian artisans.

Bamboo Theme Park, Praia do Forte, Bahia
The Bambulandia Theme Park of Praia do Forte, Bahia, is intended to host a wide variety of bamboo species and a bamboo nursery for research and serving local business for residential and agricultural needs. It will also house a small handicraft production center where research on new methods will be applied, where a small production will be installed for generating the necessary income of the center and where an adjacent school with class rooms will serve as a demonstration model.