The first issue of Bamboo and Rattan Update
is online.

The first issue of INBAR’s new magazine includes a reflection on 70 years’ of development by the ‘grandfather of bamboo’ Walter Liese, an analysis of China’s most innovative new technologies, and a profile by Colombian bamboo botanist Ximena Londoño. The issue also collates and analyses the most important news from the bamboo and rattan sector and INBAR in recent months, as well as new publications and upcoming events. 

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World Bamboo Day 

On 18 September, INBAR Member States around the world celebrated this grass plant’s important role for sustainable development and environmental protection.

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The Ambassador of Pakistan visits INBAR 

The Ambassador of Pakistan to Beijing learned more about bamboo’s potential for sustainable development in Pakistan.

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New international bamboo research group established 

The group, which involves institutions in Canada and China, is the first of its kind to be established in North America.

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Establishing rattan plantations

A new report, produced by members of INBAR’s Rattan Task Force, provides guidance on how to sustainably establish and maintain a commercial rattan plantation.

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INBAR webinars will

INBAR’s webinar series will resume from 22 September. Browse the page below to register for future events.

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Sustainable bamboo management in Ghana

INBAR’s West Africa Office has trained harvesters and farm owners in how to identify, manage, harvest and store bamboo. 

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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. 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 all four INBAR languages. Read in Chinese here; in English here; French here; in Spanish here.

  • The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation: an introduction
An updated brochure which explains INBAR’s work, and why bamboo and rattan are so important for sustainable development. Read here.
  • Establishment of Rattan Plantations
A manual on how to establish, manage and perform cost-benefit analyses for commercial rattan plantations. Written by members of the INBAR Rattan Task Force. Read here.
  • Dutch-Sino-East Africa Bamboo Development Programme Phase II
An introduction to the scope and aims of this Programme, which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration. Read 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 in the third quarter of 2020 has included:
  • ‘Kenya classifies bamboo as ‘crop’’, cabinet memorandum. Kenya’s government has agreed to prioritise bamboo as part of its Greening Campaign. Read INBAR’s summary here.
  • ‘Bamboo car by engineering students wins international honour’, Times of India.  A group of engineering students from Thiruvananthapuram, India, won the Circular Economy Award at the 2020 Shell Eco-marathon, for their design of a bamboo car. The body is made of bamboo composite, with the chassis made from Dendrocalamus stocksii bamboo poles. Read the article here.
  • ‘Miners now required to establish bamboo plantations at site’, Manila Tribune. Mining companies in the Philippines are now obliged to establish and maintain bamboo plantations equivalent to 20 per cent of the mined-out area, for land rehabilitation. Read the article here.
  • ‘GreenBone Introduces Novel Wood-Based Bone Regeneration Solution’, Orthoworld. Following rounds of trials, GreenBone’s rattan bone replacement material has now obtained approval from European regulators. Read the article here.
  • ‘MOSO Acquires German Manufacturer’, The Merchant Magazine. Dutch bamboo specialist MOSO International BV has acquired German company Bambeau Becker & Großgarten GmbH. Read the article here.
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