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Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity with bamboo and rattan

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22May

On this International Day for Biological Diversity, INBAR celebrates bamboo and rattan’s indispensable role in biodiverse landscapes across the world.

Bamboo and rattan are essential components of biodiverse landscapes in the regions in which they grow. Many insect and fungal species, as well as some of the world’s most iconic and endangered mammals, are dependent on these resources for their survival. Bamboos and rattans can play an important role in primate conservation for three key reasons:

However, bamboo and rattan face many problems. Overharvesting and lack of management threatens the survival of the Qiongzhuea tumidinoda and other bamboo species. Meanwhile, tropical forest loss and over-exploitation are causing a rapid decline in rattan resources, threatening almost 20 per cent of known rattan species (IUCN Red list of Threatened Plants, 1998). It is vital that bamboo and rattan resources are managed well so they can maintain their important role in biodiversity protection.

INBAR’s work on biodiversity includes:

For more information on INBAR’s important work on biodiversity, please visit this page.