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Managing our forests with bamboo

INBAR News
21Mar

To celebrate International Day of Forests 2018, INBAR announces some of its latest speakers for the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress

21 March 2018 – From South America’s tropical rainforests, to the rolling bamboo ‘seas’ in China, bamboo is an integral part of the world’s forests. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates there are over 30 million hectares of bamboo across the world. Bamboo is fast-growing, with extensive root systems to bind soil and shoots which provide a source of food for many species – making it a crucial part of forest ecosystems. Importantly, bamboo can also be used to replace a large number of traditional wood products, making it a sustainable source of income for communities, and one which reduces deforestation.

For over twenty years, INBAR has worked to support the sustainable management of forests using bamboo. Sustainable forest management will be an important part of the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC2018), and INBAR is lining up some of the most authoritative voices on the subject.

BARC2018 is co-organised by INBAR and China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA). China is a world leader in bamboo forest management, and uses its extensive bamboo resources for carbon storage, climate-smart agriculture and as a tool for land restoration. INBAR is delighted that the Minister for the SFA, Zhang Jianlong will speak at the opening session of BARC2018 about the challenges and opportunities of managing national bamboo forests. Madame Jiang Zehui, Director of the International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan and President of China’s Flower Association, will also speak about her decades-long experience working in the Chinese forestry and horticulture sector.

More generally, BARC2018 sessions will cover a diverse range of  forestry topics, including land restoration, bamboo and rattan certification and sustainable tropical forest management.

To support these sessions, INBAR is delighted to welcome the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research, Dr. Robert Nasi, who will talk in several sessions related to tropical forest ecosystem management, and Dr. Vincent Gitz, the Head of the CGIAR Forest, Trees and Agriculture (FTA) programme. CGIAR is a global research partnership, based in Indonesia, that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world, and INBAR is proud to be a part of its FTA initiative.

We are also extremely pleased to host Dr Gerhard Dieterle, the Director General of the International Tropical Timber Organisation.  Based in Yokohama, Japan, the ITTO promotes conservation of tropical forest resources and their sustainable management, use and trade.

With these and more speakers, BARC2018 aims to bring together a diverse range of opinions to kickstart the conversation about green tools for sustainable development. We invite all those with an interest in forests, forestry management and sustainable development to be part of this policy-critical conversation.

On behalf of INBAR, happy International Day of Forests!

To find out more information and register for BARC, click here.