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Introducing Bamboo and Rattan Update  

INBAR is proud to launch its new magazine, dedicated to sharing the latest high-quality research and news about the bamboo and rattan sector. Find out more about the magazine, and how to receive a copy of the first issue, below.

Highlights from 2019

2019 was a busy year. A new report about INBAR’s main achievements and outputs is now available online in English. Other language versions will go online soon.

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New webinar series

Beginning in 2020, INBAR’s webinar series aims to inform, educate and inspire people about two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products.

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In conversation with Ashebir Wondimu Zeleke 

An interview with INBAR’s former Member State focal point, now an INBAR Technical Officer in Ethiopia.

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Power plant: bamboo bioenergy in Uganda 

How award-winning company Divine Bamboo is looking to transform the country’s biomass energy sector.

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INBAR's new resource centre

INBAR’s updated resource centre has improved search functionality, providing access to key bamboo and rattan resources in Chinese, English, French and Spanish.

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"Our solutions lie in nature"  

INBAR's statement on International Day of Biological Diversity 2020 reflects on the important role and potential of bamboo and rattan in biodiverse landscapes.

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The name game: highlighting an INBAR rattan publication

One illustrated INBAR publication aims to standardise common terms for rattan plants and products.

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ChinaEcuador bamboo cooperation

2019 was a busy year for bilateral bamboo development initiatives between China and Ecuador.

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BAMBOO AND RATTAN PUBLICATIONS

INBAR’s online library 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. In 2019, INBAR published more than 40 publications related to bamboo, rattan and their uses. In the second quarter of 2020, INBAR has published:

  • Annual Highlights 2019 

A summary of INBAR’s critical work and achievements over the last year is now available in English. Chinese, French and Spanish versions will be published shortly. Read the summary here.

  • Bamboo Policy Integration Analysis: Ethiopia 
This study critically analyses Ethiopia's policies and programmes related to forestry, environment, agriculture, energy, trade and employment, to establish their links or potential links with the bamboo sector. Read the report here.
  • Bamboo Policy Integration Analysis: 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.
  • Assessment of Ecosystem Services from Bamboo-Dominated Natural Forests in the Coffee Region, Colombia
This Working Paper looks to understand the importance of ecosystem services from bamboo-dominated forests in Colombia’s coffee region, and how they might be affected by different land uses and management. Read the report here.
BAMBOO AND RATTAN IN THE NEWS
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 in the second quarter of 2020 has included:
  • ‘ArchDaily’s best articles about bamboo’, ArchDaily. A summary of the architecture website’s most inspiring bamboo construction news. Browse the list here.
  • The Bamboo Eye Pavilion, which was designed by architect Mauricio Cardenas Laverde for INBAR’s presence at the International Horticultural Exhibition, Beijing, China, in 2019, was featured in two documentary films. A summary, with links to the films, can be read here. In addition, the Pavilion was the focus of an article: ‘Northern China’s largest bamboo pavilion covers nearly half an acre’, Inhabitat. Read the article here.
  • ‘Biodiversity day 2020 – solutions in nature’, Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. A summary of how CGIAR FTA’s work, and that of its partners, intersects with biodiversity. Read the article here.
  • ‘Benefits of a three-day bamboo forest therapy session on the physiological responses of university students’, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. A new study explores the effect of ‘forest bathing’ in bamboo forests. Read the study here.
  • ‘Bamboo weavers struggling to knit their livelihoods through lockdown’, The New Indian Express. As in many countries, people dependent on income from non-timber forest products in India are struggling in the current lockdown. Read the article here.
And in INBAR Member States:
  • ‘Bamboo set to transform into large-scale industry’, New Sarawak Tribune. Malaysia’s Minister of Primary Industries and Commodities stated their support for bamboo. Read the article here.
  • ‘County invests in bamboo cultivation for conservation’, Standard Digital. Kenya’s Nandi County is piloting bamboo cultivation for commercial and environmental conservation efforts in the region. Read the article here.
  • ‘This electric bike was designed in Nepal using local bamboo to transport tourists and packages: here's how it works’, Business Insider. A look at the process for making a bamboo electric bike in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read the article here.
  • ‘How one entrepreneur's bamboo bikes are changing lives (and the environment) in Ghana’, Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific. An interview with Bernice Dapaah, founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. Watch the interview here.
  • ‘Bamboo vital for post-COVID-19 economy: Union Minister Jitendra Singh’, The Hills Times. A statement from the Union Minister for the Development of India’s North Eastern Region. Read the article here.
  • A series of photos about the bamboo sector’s development in Guizhou province, China. Look at the photos here.
CONTACT 
For more information visit: www.inbar.int or contact us at: info@inbar.int 


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