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S.I.T/ WorldTeach students plant giant bamboo along river bank

We just had 23 students from S.I.T/World Teach visit AJL for a couple of days and perform community service activities in one of the local communities called San Pedro.  This is the first action  of the AJL/AF initiative to plant giant bamboo along the eroded banks of the Arajuno River in front of communities and schools where serious flooding could cause loss of property or life.  Giant Bamboo not only provides great stream side protection against soil erosion, but also provides edible shoots, building materials, fire wood and additional habitat for birds and other critters.  Plus, this bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant and the world’s largest bamboo.  It also serves as a giant carbon sink, effectively fixing three times more carbon from the air than a native forest can.  We will continue to plant Giant Bamboo and a variety of native species along the banks of the Arajuno River wherever needed, especially in front of the communities we are working with.  Great initiative!  Thanks to AJL, AF and S.I.T/World Teach!

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