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The global assessment of bamboo and rattan for green development

A new global initiative aims to unlock the potential of bamboo and rattan for rural communities

Introducing gabar

Introducing gabar

A new global initiative aims to unlock the potential of bamboo and rattan for rural communities - creating jobs, local income streams, and regenerating degraded lands and forests.

 

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-Global Assessment of Bamboo & Rattan

  • Conventions,
    global initiatives
  • Development,
    partners, agendas
  • Regional strategies
    & action plans
  • National Plansstatistics, economics,
    bamboo & rattan added value

Knowledge & evidence base

  • State of Bamboo & Rattanglobal-regional-local
  • Country
    info & assessments
  • Capacity
    building & training
  • Economic assessments
  • Investment optionsecosystems, livehoods
  • Green economy
    strategies & solutions
  • Global Inventory
  • Evidence & expertisedemonstration projects
  • South-South
    collaboration & learning

About gabar

 

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.

  • OUTPUTS

    Case studies, maps, practical tools and data.

  • OUTCOMES

    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.

Gabar Products and services

 

  • 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

Contributing activities

 

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

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