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Damyang Bamboo Field Agriculture System

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The Damyang bamboo fields started over a thousand years ago and signs the very beginning of management and cultivation was bamboo crafts.

Linked to a strong cultural identity, Bamboo farmers have systemized their traditional management know-how by establishing traditional environment knowledge for optimum temperature, rainfall, wind direction, soil type and depth. This system relies on a bamboo-based multilayered organization of the production where bamboos are inter-cropped with tea trees and mushrooms.

In addition, the landscape management includes at the top of the hill bamboo fields then, the community villages, farmlands including gardens, rice fields and water reservoirs. Thus, the whole systems relies on the dynamic circulation of water, nutrients and biodiversity providing essential ecosystems services to ensure food and livelihood security to the farmers.