In the 6th SIBGUADUA, the following themes will be addressed:

Bamboo contributes in at least 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), these being SDGs 1, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17. The inclusion of bamboo in policies, strategies and sustainable development programs, environment and climate change, allows increasing the possibilities of complying with national and international commitments and planning towards a better development model, framed in a circular economy. This axis will address the issues of contribution of bamboo in public policy, considering the incidence of the use and sustainable use of bamboo, and the development potential, for each of the links in the production chain, from the economic and social perspectives.

Bamboo is an integral part of many natural and agricultural ecosystems, providing a wide variety of ecosystem services. Its benefits include its use as a local source of economic and renewable energy, carbon capture and fixation, minimum carbon footprint in its use, rapid restoration of degraded soils, conservation of biodiversity, protection of watersheds, among others. This symposium will address the most relevant issues related to environmental aspects, considering recent data and research, and its relationship with our countries.

Bamboo has accompanied the human being from prehistory, variously used as an element of housing and equipment. The characteristics of human dynamics require an integral view, including all the necessary components to generate a sustainable habitat; looking for an adequate balance between social, environmental, economic and institutional factors that condition the harmonious development of a population in a given territory. In this axis, topics that relate to bamboo with social housing, sustainable rural habitat, the growth of cities, the new urban agenda, green cities, the relationship of the countryside and cities, and others will be addressed.

Technology develops at a rapid pace and therefore the population demands. The innovative processing applied to the development of new products derived from bamboo can mark a before and after in the progress of a nation. This axis will address the issues related to new products, new processes, and also new perspectives of development of bamboo products, their uses and their relationship with markets. In addition, within this thematic axis we seek to exalt the necessary interconnection between academia and private enterprise, in pursuit of international markets.



On Friday, October 25, the workshop “Latitude 0 °: Structures with Bamboo” will be held in the exterior of the University Theater of Universidad Central of Ecuador, with the purpose of generating an internal contest which allows competitors to apply design and technique with this biomaterial. The working groups will be formed by teams of students interested in the mentoring of specialists in design and construction with bamboo, who will have previous activities to conceive the sketches of the prototype that will be made one day before and 8 hours to materialize the structure. Later, these will be evaluated by an expert jury.


As for other parallel activities, there will also be field visits to the plantations of Dendrocalumus asper and Guadua angustifolia of the company Allpabambú located in the Northwest of the province of Pichincha. As well as the Nutenka Paki Provincial Training Center, which has bamboo and preserved bamboo structures in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.


The symposium will be attended by 500 to 700 national and international participants from the academic sector, government delegates, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and actors along the bamboo chain, among others.