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INBAR and partners launch three publications at COP 19

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16Nov

INBAR and partners to launch three publications this Week at COP 19, on the role of bamboo, NTFPs and landscapes, in adapting to and mitigating the effects of Climate Change.

Nov. 16, 2013, Warsaw – The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is participating in the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties this week, Nov. 11-19, in Warsaw, Poland. This marks the fifth year that INBAR will participate in the annual conference as it works to further expand its reach around the globe.

INBAR collaborated with the China Green Carbon Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 14, for a workshop on property rights and standardization of forestry carbon sinks. The event was held in the China Pavilion. At the event a publication of the Methodology for Carbon Accounting and Monitoring of Bamboo Afforestation Projects in China was launched, containing both the official Chinese text and an English translation. This methodology was originally developed with China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF), Zhejiang A&F University (ZAFU), the Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry of the Chinese Academy of Forestry) (RISF-CAF) and INBAR and ZAFU’s Center for China-Africa Agriculture and Forestry Research Center (CAFOR), It has been officially accepted for use, by the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), in November 2012 and very recently by China’s National Development and Reform Council (NDRC).

“Ownership issues are an important aspect of carbon projects – especially for sustainable forest management,” said Dr. Lou Yiping, INBAR’s Environmental Sustainability Program Director. “The issue of who owns carbon credits links to making these credits accessible to poor and small scale farmers, so the focus is no longer only on large-scale plantations.”

INBAR used the opportunity of COP19 to also launch its Working Paper 74, Forests beyond trees: NTFPs as tools for climate change mitigation and adaptation, which highlights the importance of Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in forests and – consequently – in forest conservation. The paper explores in particular the potential role in and contribution of NTFPs to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“We’ve started looking beyond bamboo and rattan now, so these publications mark significant progress in INBAR’s work on climate change,” says Dr. Yannick Kuehl who coordinates INBAR’s climate change activities and whose work is supported by GIZ’s ‘Global Partners, Emerging Economies’ unit.

In addition, INBAR is participating in the Global Landscape Forum (GLF), and will participate in the launch of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture’s (AIRCA) white paper, Transforming Rural Livelihoods and Landscapes: sustainable improvements to incomes, food security and the environment. AIRCA is a nine-member alliance of which INBAR is a founding member. The white paper launch will take place at the AIRCA booth at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 17.

“In particular this year, INBAR brings a holistic view to the COP, with and through its partners – its member countries, the members of the non-timber forests products partnership, and the other action research Centres of the AIRCA association- to create synergy for efficiently tackling climate change,” said INBAR Director General Dr. Coosje Hoogendoorn. “Together with our partners we present ideas at 3 levels: the landscape level, the (agro) forestry level and at the more detailed level of the bamboo and rattan value chain. Because coping with climate change requires a coordinated effort, now more than ever.”

NOTE TO THE EDITOR

WHO WE ARE
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1997 to improve the social, economic, and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan among some of the world’s poorest communities.

With regional offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America, INBAR draws on expertise from around the globe in assisting government, business and local communities in over 50 countries, to identify new and innovative uses for bamboo and rattan.

As an affordable natural resource with the potential to reduce the impacts of climate change, protect ecosystems, alleviate poverty, and promote sustainable construction and pro-poor trade links, INBAR seeks to establish bamboo and rattan at the forefront of the global sustainable development agenda.

OUR VISION
“By improving the well-being of users and producers of bamboo and rattan we can reduce the pressures on global environments and increase the rate at which we achieve sustainable development.”
At INBAR we work hard to ensure that people at all levels of society are empowered with the knowledge and skills they need to transform bamboo and rattan into opportunities to lead sustainable lives.
Throughout this process we work with local leaders to ensure that decision making and ownership ultimately rests with those who stand to benefit from our work. In this way we are able to focus our goals on building relationships of trust that last long after our projects have closed.

ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
INBAR would like to express its gratitude to GIZ’s ‘Global Partners, Emerging Economies’ unit and the China Green Carbon Foundation for continued support of INBAR’s work on Climate Change, and to the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) for its continued support for the Non Timber Forest Products Global Partnership Programme (NTFP-GPP).