Meghalaya is a state where the bamboo forest is abundant and its multiple purposes play a vital role in the social and economic development of the local folks. The livelihood of a significant amount of population depends on making handicrafts made from bamboo.(Source)
Bamboo forests in the state have diverse species base which includes clump forming as well as non-clump forming types. It has been reported that 36 species of bamboo from 14 genera are found in Meghalaya (Biswas, 1988).
The important clump forming species include is the Dendrocalamus strictus, Dendrocalamus hamiltonii , Bambusa arundinacea, Bambusa pallida, Bambusa tulda, whereas Melocanna bambusoidesimportant non-clump forming species. (Source)
The autonomous district council (ADC) looks after the large bamboos forest in Meghalaya. Its constitutes 4.4% of the total geographical area of the government controlled reserved and protected forest. But regular harvest of bamboo has been prescribed in the working plans of the reserved and protected forest.