BAMBOO VILLAGE TRUST

is a Philanthropic Financial Vehicle established in 2023. It is part of the Bamboo Village Initiative, aiming to create sustainable livelihoods and restore degraded land across the tropical belt through the Bamboo-Based Agroforestry System.

History

Continuing his mother Linda Garland’s vision and love for bamboo, Arief Rabik has revolutionized Linda’s 1000 Bamboo Village concept by integrating it into the large-scale manufacturing and construction industry. Bamboo emerges not only as a viable substitute for sustainably sourced timber but also as a potential source of multiplied environmental benefits to the ecosystem. This impact becomes more extensive with the application of an appropriate bamboo agroforestry system. Recognizing this potential, Arief Rabik took the initiative to establish the Bamboo Village.

The Bamboo Villages Initiative (BVI) is an ambitious global undertaking that aims to harness the significant potential of bamboo to rehabilitate approximately 2.2 billion hectares of degraded lands worldwide, while providing rural villages with sustainable sources of income.

Through a long-term approach, the Bamboo Village Initiative offers security and assistance to the participating villages, creating the necessary conditions on the ground for sustainable management and ensuring the restoration of degraded land through Bamboo Village Model, which delivers tangible results.

Arief Rabik established the Bamboo Village Trust (BVT) to facilitate the global implementation of the Bamboo Village Initiative using a Trust Fund regranting model, in partnership with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to identify and scale up potential Bamboo Villages.

PHILOSOPHY

Create a Restoration Economy on degraded land globally.

  • Establish 200 Bamboo Villages along the Tropical Belt by 2030.
  • Catalyze landscape-based climate solution while conserving standing tropical forest areas.
  • Create social forestry assets as the backbone of the restoration economy.
  • Increase access for women, youth, and marginalized groups to resources, capital, knowledge, technology and participation along the process, leadership and decision-making mechanisms.
    • Trust, Commitment and Integrity
      We establish our relationships with all partners and collaborators on a foundation of trust, commitment and integrity.
    • Data-Driven Method
      We encourage a data-driven decision-making process.
    • Adaptive Approach
      We apply an adaptive mindset and methodology that embrace complexity and challenge as opportunities for learning and improvement.
    • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
      We aim to enhance the access of women and marginalized groups to resources, involve them in all processes and decision-making mechanisms, and ensure they reap the full benefits of the bamboo village processes and results.

ARIEF RABIK

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Arief Rabik’s passion for bamboo has deep roots in his childhood. Born and raised by a dedicated bamboo pioneer, Linda Garland, and surrounded by the forests of Ubud as his playground, Arief Rabik answered his true calling.

The Bamboo Village Initiative (BVI) was conceived as an ambitious and groundbreaking strategy by Arief Rabik aimed at addressing one of the world’s most critical issues-land degradation. 

Simultaneously, Arief designed the Bamboo Village Initiative as the cornerstone for creating community-based social forestry assets, which he referred to as the Restoration Economy. He established the Bamboo Village Trust (BVT) for its global implementation.

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