Images can make a powerful impression. For this year's Bamboo and Rattan Photography competition, which attracted more than 130 entries from 29 countries, photographers focused on bamboo and rattan's role as a source of income and a critical material for rural communities. While often invisible, these plants are an important part of lives and livelihoods across Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific - something which the winning image, by Enamul Kabir, captured in 'With Brick'.

See the winning entries here
Reducing plastic with bamboo
Representatives from governments, development organisations and the private sector took part in an INBAR event to discuss bamboo as an alternative material to plastic.
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Ecuador's new 'bamboo construction school'

The new year-long course in Manabí, Ecuador, hopes to create a labour force of people skilled in bamboo construction, repair and maintenance.  

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How to build a vibrant African bamboo and rattan sector

In August, a wide range of people took part in a symposium in Ghana to discuss innovative ways of developing a vibrant bamboo and rattan economy in African countries.

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A virtual tour of Anji 
The first ever INBAR online course began in August, and included a combination of lectures and virtual tours to more than 15 sites, including bamboo forests and factories.
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African study tour in

Delegates from 19 African countries learned about the growth of Ethiopia's bamboo sector on the three-day tour. 

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Building a Community of Practice in Kenya

INBAR is working to link existing networks, working groups, and practitioners in bamboo nurseries across Kenya, to support development across the country.

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Want to learn more about bamboo management and uses? The last quarter of 2021 will include even more INBAR webinars about bamboo, including the second part of an online tour of Anji, China, and a series on bamboo construction.

Find out more about the courses we offer, and how to register, here.

INBAR’s Resource Centre houses the latest research, assessments and policy studies conducted by INBAR as part of our ongoing project work, or as a contribution to our main focus areas. Between July and September, INBAR has published:

  • A Review of International Bamboo and Timber Trade Regulations: A Multijurisdictional Study
This Working Paper considers some of the major international timber regulations, and how they impact bamboo trade. Read the full analysis here.
  • Bamboo As A Plastic Alternative: Fact Sheet
How can bamboo replace single-use plastics and PVC? The latest in the INBAR fact sheet series provide a summary of the latest technological developments. Read in English here or Chinese here
  • The Climate Change Mitigation Potential of Implementing Sustainable Management for Bamboo Forests in Kenya
This Working Paper considers bamboo's applications as a carbon sink, and its possible use as charcoal. Read the report here.
  • Análisis costo-beneficio de la incorporación del bambú en sistemas ganaderos y lineamientos de política para su uso en Colombia 
A Spanish-language Working Paper which analyses how bamboo can be incorporated into livestock systems in Colombia. Read here.
  • 'The Future of Rattan’: Bamboo and Rattan Update Volume 2 Issue 2
The June issue of INBAR's quarterly magazine looks at the promising future of a very traditional material. Featuring everything from rattan bone to high-end rattan furniture. Browse the issue here.
INBAR collates news from around the world about bamboo and rattan sector development. For more regular information, readers can follow INBAR on social media. Recent international coverage of bamboo and rattan has included:
  • How INBAR and the FAO are putting bamboo "on the map". A piece about the new project which aims to create more accurate mapping of global bamboo resources. Read the article on FAO Forestry here
  • Pandas "no longer endangered". In good news for conservation, Chinese authorities announced that the Giant Panda is still vulnerable, but no longer endangered. Read the National Geographic write-up here.
  • Bamboo training in the DRC. INBAR training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo heralds the start of more growth in the country's bamboo sector. Read the article in French here.
  • The beautiful new bamboo gym. The lucky students of Bali's famous 'Green School' have another building to enjoy: a large, open-air bamboo gym and wellness space with an unusual curving roof. Read more about the structure here.
  • BBC: bamboo can help combat climate change. BBC Radio 4 dedicated a special episode of its series, '39 Ways to Save the Planet’, to bamboo. The episode was produced with support from INBAR staff and using INBAR research. Listen to the episode here.
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