This research is about investigating into the use of Gramineae-Bambusoideae as an alternative to the use of elephant grass as a biological geotextile for the stability of slopes. It came about due to the shortfalls that were identified with the use of elephant grass for slope stability. It will involve using stems (cut along the long axis) of Gramineae-Bambusoideae to make mat like structure for the slope stability and biodiversity promotion. 

EVALUATION OF THE CONTRIBUTION OF SLOPE STABILITY TO PLANT GROWTH

To achieve this very goal the growth performance of the seedlings on both blocks were compared and made in a table form. In this table, the growth performance for the each block was computed by subtracting the initial from their respective final heights and the average growth performance for each block was also estimated.

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30Sep

THE EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BAMBOO MAT

To evaluate the effectiveness of the bamboo mat in erosion control, the following was done to our data; using these parameters the volume of space created by the gullies were obtained for each block by a simple volumetric calculation. These estimated volumes then represent an estimation of soil loss on each side. The difference between the estimated volumes of soil loss on the two zones represents a measure of the work done by the bamboo mat.

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30Sep

DATA COLLECTIONS

In this research data collected was put into two main classes namely; 1. Data on Gullies ; This data simply refers to the volumetric parameters of the space created by the some identified distinct gullies on both blocks. These parameters constitute the height, width and length of the gullies. In fact, three distinct gullies were identified on control and two on the experimental block.

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30Sep

SETTING THINGS RIGHT: A Walk Through the "Bamboo Project"

We wish to quickly walk you through the concept of our research and all the activities carried out.

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22Aug

WELL!! LET’S FIND OUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF GHANA REPRESENTATIVE THINKS ABOUT BIODIVERSITY PROMOTION

As part of Stakeholders Initiative the President of Ghana representative, the District Chief Executive of the catchment area to be specific, in the person of Mr. Joseph Tetteh was much honoured and beguiled to receive a team member in his humble office as his passion to promote nature, and for that matter biodiversity knew no bounds. He had a fair knowledge about biodiversity and so was ever ready to learn more and also ready to will his support in whatsoever way he can. Eventually, he made...

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07Jul

A PERIOD AFTER SOIL TRAPPING BY BAMBOO ON THE ERODED SLOPE ( THE RETURN VISIT).

The performance of the bamboo was overwhelming and expectations as well were exceeded. Soil was adequately trapped and the presence of diverse living organism which included millipedes, centipedes, ants, snails and a host of others left behind a beautiful sight pleasant to the eye. Come to think of it, where do these host of organisms seek shelter on the bear slope? Or do they migrate to the slope from their habitats and return after a day’s activities? The answer to this question is found in...

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30Jun

CONSULTATION VISIT AT PARKS AND GARDENS DEPARTMENT OF GHANA

Our enthusiasm to provide the very best for nature and enhancement of biodiversity led us to the parks and gardens department of Ghana under the Ministry of Local Government. – Tarkwa branch. We had a very brief section with the head of the institution who was in the name of Mr. Asoubonteng. During our discussion with him, we laid before him the project objectives and how we intend using our project to promote biodiversity.

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16Jun

BAMBOO PROJECT SHOWS INTRIGUING RESULTS

The uniqueness of this project is based on the fact that after a little over three months of implementation the bamboo mat has started trapping top soil, which will enable the cultivation of a selected floral plant (Ixora plant) as well as serving as a shade for millipedes, centipedes, ants and many other soil living organisms ..

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10Jun

LAYING OF BAMBOO MAT ON SLOPE FOR SOIL TRAPPING

Constructed bamboo mat was spread immediately on one portion of the demarcated slope. Before this could happen, we had first of all transport the mat from the construction site to the slope.This section of the entire project was the most tedious and dangerous. In fact, dragging such a load up a slope could not have been easy as you may be made to think.

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08Jun

TIME WITH YONGWA QUARRY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

An enchanting embracement of biodiversity by the pupils and Teachers of the Presbyterian school at Oterkpolu, one of the indigenous communities in the catchment area of Yongwa Quarry.

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07Jun

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF BAMBOO MAT

A day after the demarcation and initial data collection, bamboo stems were harnessed by the team from the forest of the communities within the catchment area of the Yongwa quarry and then sawn to a required dimension of 2.5m long. During the design, some considerations were given to the selection of the bamboo stems. These considerations included the bamboo straightness, its strength and its potential to yield a significant curvature when divided into equal halves longitudinally.

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06Jun

SLOPE DEMARCATION AND INITIAL DATA COLLECTION

According to the strategic plan, the next activity was for us to cautiously and prudently delineate the slope while carry out some preliminary measurements geared towards establishing the extent to which bamboo can effectively and efficiently stabilize slopes and promote biodiversity.

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05Jun

SITE VISITATION AND SLOPE SELECTION

As a way of meeting the number one requirement of the research procedure, I in company of some other finalist and GHACEM officials paid a visit to the Yongwa Quarry for preliminary inspection and site familiarization. During the site familiarization section we toured the quarry and at the same we were being introduced to the quarry workers and the people of the community within the catchment area. But before we could access the facility, we had to undergo a safety induction section as this will...

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02Jun

STRATEGIC PROJECT PLAN

It is an undoubted fact that the success of every research work is dictated by its methodology and procedures. Similarly, the success of this study, which strives for slope stability and promotion of biodiversity using bamboo mat, will equally be determined by its methodology and procedures hence greater attention and emphasis will be placed on procedures which encompasses all activities, prerequisite for slope stability and biodiversity promotion using bamboo mat.

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02Jun

PROJECT OVERVIEW

We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the jury for envisaging and recognizing the potential of our project and kudos as well to all researchers whose work found favour in the eyes of the jury. Introducing our work, this is a multifaceted research geared towards investigating into the use of bamboo as a biological geotextile for slope stability and then, bamboo as the best among the biological geotextiles used for slope stability and biodiversity promotion.

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01Jun
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