- Global Programmes
A new global initiative aims to unlock the potential of bamboo and rattan for rural communities
The benefits of bamboo and rattan are well recognised - but their vast scope for new and innovative uses needs to be better understood. Today, many bamboo- and rattan-producing countries can harness these resources to boost local economic growth, address climate change and protect the natural environment - as part of their sustainable development action plans.
GABAR is a partnership between INBAR and its Member States, and a range of national and international partners. All interested organisations are welcome to join - as core partners, technical partners or to provide in-kind support or funding. The initiative is planned as a $100 million programme. The current indicative contributing projects and earmarked funding total some $25 million.
Case studies, maps, practical tools and data.
More effective use of bamboo and rattan in national green economy plans and development agendas. Increased investment in these resources by countries, donors and development partners.
A better world, improved livelihoods, income and environmental security on a huge scale in bamboo and rattan resource countries.
Comprehensive assessment of opportunities and challenges for bamboo and rattan development in the Global South, especially Africa
Policy/strategy recommendations for effective management and use of bamboo
Assessments of the potential of bamboo and rattan for climate change mitigation and adaptation
Land restoration - recommendations for national and international priority actions
Species and type inventory - description of bamboo and rattan types, species and detailed characterisation (physiological, ecological, practices, distribution maps)
Global network of field researchers and local experts, coordinated by an INBAR network manager
Information and knowledge-sharing platform for access to a wealth of resources on bamboo and rattan practices and policies
Comprehensive maps of bamboo and rattan distribution (global, regional, national)
Knowledge and tools - reports, studies, useful packaged data
Many national governments have expressed support for GABAR. Indicative list of contributing projects and linked activities:
China's State Forestry Administration will lead a national inventory and assessment ($3 million earmarked), and supports INBAR with an annual core contribution
Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture will assess bamboo's potential for land restoration through its Sustainable Land Management Programme, and is starting a national bamboo programme
Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources will lead a national inventory of bamboo
Madagascar has earmarked funding for bamboo land restoration, in national priorities and in an IFAD loan programme
Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry is planning an inventory of rattan resources
Argentina's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries plans a national bamboo inventory and assessment
Cameroon is looking at bamboo as a land restoration option and for renewable energy
Jamaica is developing a bamboo industry, including manufacturing bamboo chacoal for export
Vietnam is promoting sustainable rattan management and doing a regional assessment for bamboo development in Thanh Hoa Province
The International Fund for Agricultural Development is working with INBAR on national assessments of bamboo for energy and livelihoods in Africa, through South-South collaboration, with support from China and India