On 18 March, diplomatic representatives from 15 countries attended the Latin America and Caribbean Ambassadors’ Dialogue at INBAR Headquarters, to discuss how bamboo can support post-COVID economic recovery and more sustainable development in the region.

INBAR’s diplomatic dialogue, themed around ‘Triangular cooperation, knowledge transfer and best practices’, included a visit to a bamboo and rattan product show room, speeches, videos, and a panel discussion about bamboo’s potential in the region.

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Joining the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
As a partner, INBAR will promote bamboo and rattan as critical parts of biodiverse,
carbon-rich ecosystems. 
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A new training centre
in Ghana 

The new centre, in Obogu, will provide technology and training to support bamboo product development across the country.

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Furniture training
in Cameroon

The month-long training session in high-quality furniture construction took place in INBAR's new Cameroon-based training centre.

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Recap: #INBARwebinars
in 2020

51 webinars, 170 panelists, 100,000 online views... Find out more about INBAR's past and upcoming learning online.
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Building capacity in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

From basket weaving to bioenergy production, training programmes across East Africa are inspiring a new generation of bamboo users.

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A visit from the
Pakistan Embassy 

In January, a delegation of spouses and staff from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Beijing visited INBAR headquarters.

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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. So far in 2021, INBAR has published:

  • Development and Submission of Life Cycle Inventory Data for Bamboo-Based Construction Materials
This Technical Report, carried out by INBAR’s Construction Task Force, provides datasets for the life cycle of various bamboo-based construction materials. Read the report here.
  • Integration of Bamboo Forestry into Carbon Markets
This policy brief provides an introduction to how bamboo forestry projects can be integrated into carbon markets. Read the report here.
  • Farmer Field Schools on Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo Facilitators Manual
This manual provides guidelines for initiation of bamboo Farmers Field School groups, and for facilitation of these groups. Read the report here.
  • Ecosystem Services and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Natural Forests and Mixed Bamboo Systems in Peru  
Two studies on ecosystem services were conducted in the northern and central jungle regions of Peru to better understand the ecosystem services that are provided by different land uses in the region. Read the report here.
INBAR's Latin America and the Caribbean Office has also been producing a number of Spanish-language assessments, as part of ongoing projects in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru:
  • Identificación y Diseño de Incentivos Financieros y No Financieros para el Uso del Bambú en la Construcción. Read here.
  • Análisis de Políticas para el Desarrollo del Bambú en las Provincias de Napo, Pastaza y Morona Santiago, Ecuador. Read here.
  • Análisis de los Marcos Regulatorios y de las Políticas para el Desarrollo del Bambú-Guadua en Colombia. Read here.
  • Políticas que promueven el desarrollo del bambú en las provincias de Chanchamayo, Oxapampa, Satipo y Rioja, Perú. Read here.  

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, of which INBAR is a partner, has launched a global online survey aimed at identifying existing capacity development needs. This survey was jointly developed by a coalition of 41 organisations, led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.
The survey is for all those involved in restoration efforts. It will help define the needs and barriers to scaling up restoration and will guide capacity development efforts under the UN Decade. You can access the survey in seven languages, which will remain open until April 15, 2021.
If you are engaged in ecosystem restoration efforts, please click here to access the survey available in seven languages.
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 2021 so far has included:
  • ‘Wangari Maathai’s bamboo project lives on’, Nation. A women-led cooperative in Kenya is revitalising a bamboo farming industry initiated by the late Nobel laureate environmentalist, Professor Wangari Maathai. Read the article here.
  • ‘The radical case for growing huge swaths of bamboo in North America’, Inside Climate News. A growing number of conservationists are planting bamboo in the United States of America. Read the article here.
  • ‘Helping giant pandas doesn’t always help their neighbours’, Treehugger. New research on pandas and biodiversity. Read the article here.
  • ‘[Philippines] Government allocates over P22B for bamboo industry’, Manila Bulletin. The Philippines government is investing heavily in bamboo for job creation and land restoration. Read the article here.
  • ‘Big boost from bamboo for Jamaica’, Nip Impressions. Jamaican company Bamboo Bioproducts Ltd. plans to spend USD 300 million to establish a new bamboo pulp facility. Read the article here.
  • ‘Reforesting Timor-Leste, improving the lives of the communities’, EEAS. A European Union-financed forestry project in Timor Leste is scaling up efforts to include bamboo. Read the article here.
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