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A new, strategic role for bamboo and rattan

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18Sep

19 September 2017 – INBAR is delighted to announce the appointment of Director General Dr Hans Friederich as a Member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). This announcement heralds bamboo and rattan’s greater involvement in high-level discussions about climate change, environmental protection and rural development in China.

The CCICED is an international advisory body based in China. Founded in 1992, it provides expertise on a range of environmental and developmental issues, including policy analysis and recommendations, technical support, and exchange of best practice experiences. Over the past 25 years, CCICED has established around 100 task forces; organized over 1000 experts to carry out comprehensive studies on key environment and development issues in China; and put forward nearly 200 pieces of policy recommendations to the Chinese Government, as well as specific policy recommendations to relevant departments and institutions.

Dr Friederich is one of 60 distinguished representatives appointed to the Council in its fourth phase from 2017 to 2022. As part of a small group of senior representatives, experts and leaders from governments, businesses and international organisations, Council members are expected to attend annual General Meetings, submit reports and recommendations related to emergent, critical environment and development issues, and attend relevant seminars and policy dialogues.

Bamboo and rattan can play a crucial role in addressing development and environmental problems around the world. Bamboo provides some 8 million people across China and has an estimated global trade value of USD 60 billion. INBAR’s Secretariat has been based in Beijing since 1997, and this year marks 20 years of strong collaboration and programme work with China. Recently, INBAR has been involved in restoring degraded land in Chishui, Guizhou province; building post-earthquake livelihoods in Sichuan, China; and spreading best practices from China’s USD 30 billion-strong bamboo economy to other Member states, as a key part of China’s South-South cooperation work. INBAR has also taken part in key Chinese strategic dialogues, including the recent Belt and Road Summit held in 2017.

With Dr Friederich as a member of CCICED, INBAR hopes to share tangible case studies of South-South cooperation during the past 20 years among its 42 member states, 41 of whom come from the Global South. INBAR also looks forward to working with CCICED International Co-Chair and fellow INBAR member state Canada to promote green development. INBAR looks forward to working together closely with CCICED and China’s Ministry of Environment over the next five years to make these extraordinary plants part of the conversation about sustainable rural livelihoods, climate change mitigation, land degradation neutrality and preservation of biodiversity in China. This is part of INBAR’s 2015-2030 strategy, ‘From Research to Development’, and we hope a key part of our international