Are you a keen photographer? Do you work with bamboo and rattan? 
INBAR is looking for striking photographs which tell a story about how bamboo and rattan contribute to some of the most pressing global challenges: as a tool for job creation, a part of biodiverse forests, and a biobased, low-carbon material for durable products and construction.
Winners will receive up to USD 300 for their submission, and have the chance to see their image featured in key INBAR communications materials in the future.

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A new international standard for bamboo construction
Standard ISO 22156:2021 will be a particularly important one for designers and architects across INBAR's Member States.
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"Critical resources":

At the 16th Session of the UN Forum on Forests, INBAR described how bamboo is being used for forest conservation and job creation.

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New statistics on bamboo and rattan trade

The latest statistics suggest international trade in bamboo and rattan products reached USD 3.25 billion in 2018.

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Promoting charcoal production
in Uganda

A recent training session as part of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa Programme promoted home-based bamboo charcoal production in Uganda...

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'Out of the Woods'... BRU's rattan issue 
From bones to plane seats, the latest issue of INBAR's magazine features expert articles on rattan fashions, innovations, and trade.
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New bamboo standards in Ethiopia

In March, the country adopted seven national standards on bamboo construction and treatment, with INBAR's support.

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INBAR Honour Day at the Yangzhou Expo

INBAR celebrated its Honour Day on the opening of the International Horticultural Exposition 2021, in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China.

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Building bamboo capacity in Kenya

... While in Kenya, training focused on bamboo restoration and sustainable management, value chain development, and clean energy. 

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This short video captures interviews with training participants on INBAR's recent study tour in Ghana, including some leading African bamboo entrepreneurs.

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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 March and June, INBAR has published:

  • INBAR Annual Highlights 2020
"Bending, but not breaking." Much like bamboo, INBAR adapted its way of working to the unique challenges imposed by 2020. Read the highlights from INBAR's work last year, in English, Chinese, French and Spanish
  • Trade Overview 2018: Bamboo and Rattan Commodities in the International Market 
INBAR's breakdown of the latest UN COMTRADE statistics about bamboo and rattan trade. Read the report in English or Chinese.
  • Trade Overview 2019: Bamboo and Rattan Commodities in China
As the largest producer and exporter of bamboo and rattan goods, China's trade flows provide an important indicator of the sectors' development. This report, which is based on Chinese Customs data from 2019, is available in English and Chinese.
  • Farmer Field Schools on Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo Facilitators Manual: Part 2
The second installation of this two-part manual contains descriptions of effective action learning exercises to undertake with farmers. Read the manual here. The first part of the manual, which provides more general guidelines for initiating and facilitating bamboo Farmers Field School groups, is available 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. International coverage of bamboo and rattan in 2021 so far has included:
  • Are bamboo bats the future of cricket? This much-discussed article by researchers at the University of Cambridge unveiled a bamboo cricket bat as an alternative to the traditional willow. Read the Sky Sports article 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.
  • Californian Bamboo Start-up Wins National Affordable Building Prize. BamCore won a 2021 award from the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. Watch the Ivory Prize video about BamCore here.
  • New oil heat treatment technology for bamboo. Developed by researchers in the Philippines, the new method reuses old cooking oil and requires only inexpensive equipment. Read the Manila Bulletin write-up here.
  • ‘How Jamaica is rebuilding its economy using bamboo’. Coverage of Jamaica’s first dedicated bamboo pulp mill, Bamboo Bioproducts Ltd., in Forbes, here.
  • New Rwanda bamboo factory to start operations in August. The New Times (Kigali) has more information here.
  • New industrial bamboo plant in Guatemala. Read the article by Central American Data here.
  • Promoting bamboo construction in India. The Bamboo Society of India and Council of Architecture have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the scaling up of bamboo construction in India. Find out more from The Hitavada, here.
  • New species of bamboo named. The species, Pseudoxytenanthera madhavii, was common to local residents but not taxonomists. Covered by the Hindustan Times here.
  • New bamboo developments in southern Thailand. The new initiative aims to “generate more income and employment for local residents in the south.” The official Government PR release can be read here.
  • Bamboo planting in Burundi. Resilient Food Systems (RFS), a programme under the Global Environment Facility, is using bamboo as part of its mission to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the RFS article here.
  • 4500-year-old bamboo-mud cabin found in China. Archaeologists in southwest China's Sichuan province have discovered six pieces of carbonised bamboo chips that are believed to be part of a bamboo-mud cabin dating back 4500 years. Read the coverage in ARTNews, here.
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