Introducing APBAMBOO 2020

In November, the three-day Asia-Pacific Bamboo Symposium & Expo (APBAMBOO 2020) will provide a platform for leading regional experts to share knowledge, ideas and technologies related to bamboo’s use in the region.

Bamboo and rattan trade
The latest trade statistics, compiled by INBAR, show that bamboo and rattan exports continue to benefit many people around the world.
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INBAR launched its new bamboo sector development project in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru with an event held in Chanchamayo, Peru on 5 March.
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Celebrating forest biodiversity
To mark UN International Day of Forests on 21 March, INBAR reflected on bamboo, rattan and their importance to forest protection and biodiversity conservation.
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New study on bamboo properties
A new study, published in Agroforestry Systems, provides an important analysis of the properties—and potential uses—of six commonly distributed bamboo species.
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INBAR’s online library houses the latest research, assessments and policy studies about bamboo, rattan and their uses. In 2019, INBAR published more than 40 publications related to bamboo, rattan and their uses. So far in 2020, INBAR has published:
  • Manual for Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo Forest
INBAR and the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) have published a new set of guidelines that comprehensively outline current best practices in the sustainable management of clumping bamboo. Read the summary here.
  • National Bamboo Strategies and Action Plans for Ethiopia and Uganda
These reports, which were produced by INBAR as part of its series on national bamboo plans and policies, were commissioned, developed and written by the  Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda, respectively. Read the Ethiopia Strategy here, and the Uganda Strategy here.
  • Bamboo Policy Integration Analysis: West Africa, Ghana
This study critically analyses bamboo's potential to contribute to Ghanaian forestry, environment, agriculture, energy, trade and employment policies and programmes. Read the report here.
  • Evaluación regional de recursos de bambú mediante la aplicación móvil [Spanish]
This report presents the results of a pilot study from Manabí, Ecuador, to evaluate the area's bamboo resources. Read the report here.
INBAR also publishes multimedia resources on its Youtube channel. So far in 2020, the following have been released:
  • Ethiopia and Bamboo: Africa's Natural Resource and Industry of the Future?
Experts from Ethiopia on why the country needs to do more to develop this valuable giant grass. Watch the video here.
  • Bamboo's Potential for Sustainable Development in Africa with Uganda's National Forestry Authority
A summary of the ways in which bamboo sector development could benefit Uganda. Watch the video here.
INBAR collates news from around the world about bamboo and rattan sector development. For more regular information, readers can follow us on social media. International coverage of bamboo and rattan so far in 2020 has included:
  • ‘Bamboo: the Tradition of the Future’, Anthrotechture. This award-winning documentary features footage and interviews with INBAR staff and the Bamboo Eye Pavilion, INBAR’s structure created for the International Horticultural Exposition in Beijing last year. Watch the documentary here.
  • ‘The cities of the future will be made of bamboo’, Rizome via Medium. A thought-provoking editorial on bamboo’s potential role in urban development. Read the article here.
  • 'Bamboo as a replacement to steel’, Interesting Engineering. A summary of the latest research into bamboo for construction, and ongoing projects around the world. Read the article here.
  • ‘What’s holding back China’s bamboo furniture makers?’, China Dialogue. An analysis of the obstacles facing the development of this potentially lucrative sector. Read the article here.
And in INBAR Member States:
  • ‘Bamboo development: production, training centre planned for Yaoundé’, Cameroon Tribune. INBAR’s Director General announced the establishment of a bamboo production and training centre in Cameroon, during a visit in January. Read the article here.
  • ‘Eco-bike aims to cut pollution in Kathmandu’, The University of Kansas. How a Fulbright scholar is looking to build electric bamboo tricycles which employ local craftsmen and improve air quality in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read the article here.
  • ‘Philippine bamboo upgraded to high-value crop status’, Good News Pilipinas. The Department of Agriculture’s announcement should pave the way for further development of the bamboo sector. Read the article here.
  • ‘Bamboo pulp mill to be established locally’, Jamaica Observer. The government of Jamaica is investing in a fully integrated bamboo pulp mill. Read the article here.
  • 'ወርቅ የቀርከሃ ተክል ዘርፍ ብዙ ፋይዳ’ (The green benefits of the gold bamboo plant sector) [Amharic], Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation. An Amharic-language video of the benefits of bamboo. Watch the video here.
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