International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

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Ambassadors’ Dialogue of the Second Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress

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Ambassadors’ Dialogue of the Second Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress

Ambassadors in dialogue for the Bamboo as a Substitute for Plastic Initiative.

The event featured country and FAO representatives having a productive exchange of ideas on how to best substitute plastics for bamboo-based materials.

On November 7, the Ambassadors’ Dialogue kicked off in Beijing, held as part of INBAR’s 25th anniversary and the Second Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2022).

Antón Leis García, Director of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), sent video remarks which were broadcast at the Ambassadors’ Dialogue. Xia Jun, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China, attended the event and delivered a speech.

Martin Mpana, Ambassador of Cameroon to China, Leonardo Kam, Ambassador of Panama to China, Carlos Larrea, Ambassador of Ecuador to China, Teshome Toga Chanaka, Ambassador of Ethiopia to China and Carlos Watson, FAO Representative to China, explored potential policies going forward to drive the green bamboo industry. Ali Mchumo, Director General of INBAR, moderated the Dialogue.

Vigorous discussion was held between the distinguished guests. VIPs introduced relevant policies, regulations, norms and laws regarding plastic bans or restrictions in their countries or respective fields. Through a lively back-and-forth, they probed the state of these various legal nets in different areas of the world. Broad consensus was reached in several key areas, such as the importance of establishing effective incentive and disincentive structures to help guide the public transition from plastic materials to other ecological alternatives while navigating potential emergent obstacles. There was also discussion around policy, technology, investment, the deployment of financial mechanisms and erecting a supportive framework for market development to help mainstream the Bamboo as a Substitute for Plastic Initiative. Notable outputs from the discussion include strategic recommendations for promoting bamboo as an alternative to plastics.

Ultimately, reflections and advice from the Ambassadors’ Dialogue will be incorporated into a Global Action Plan for Bamboo as a Substitute for Plastic. This will work to spearhead the GDI and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. INBAR will work in concert with its Member States to develop and implement the plan, and also share the strategy with the international community through its Observer status at the United Nations General Assembly as well as three Rio Convention, thereby facilitating the integration of this plan into national legislation and policies around the world and bringing about a greener, healthier planet.