International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Are you at COP23?


Are you at COP23?

INBAR invites anyone interested in forestry, development and innovative climate change solutions to attend their two high-level events.

Bamboo can play an important role in climate change mitigation as a means of storing carbon, as a form of earthquake-resilient housing, and as a source of renewable energy. At 20 years old, and with over 40 Member states from the Global South, INBAR has a real breadth of experience in using bamboo and rattan for climate change mitigation and environmental protection.

This year, INBAR will be attending UNFCCC’s 23rd Conference of the Parties in Bonn, Germany. We will be hosting two events – one on Saturday 11th, and one on Tuesday 14th, and invite all to join us.

1. Bamboo for Climate Change Action in Small Island Developing States

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 13:20-14:20

Venue: Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone

With low-lying islands, fragile environments, and a propensity to natural disasters, SIDS are among the most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts. According to the IPCC’s most recent assessment, rising sea levels and temperature increases are already affecting SIDS’ growth and development.

For this reason, SIDS are among the most committed to combatting climate change. Currently reliant on expensive fossil fuel imports, Fiji along with other SIDS have recently committed to generating 100% of their electricity from renewable energy and sustainable biofuels by 2030.

Bamboo could be a useful material to help Fiji and fellow SIDS along their way. This fast-growing grass plant is used across the world for typhoon-resilient construction, soil conservation and coastal protection, bioenergy and carbon sequestration.

At this event, Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, technical experts from INBAR Member SIDS and representatives from international organisations will share successful case studies of bamboo for climate change adaptation and mitigation in SIDS.

This promises to give a fresh perspective on SIDS and use real examples of how this unusual grass plant can make a real difference.

2. Bamboo for Climate Change Action through South-South and Triangular Cooperation

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 16:00-17:30 to be followed by a cocktail hour

Venue: China Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Bamboo can play an important role in climate change. This surprising grass plant has been featured across news outlets such as CNN and Reuters as a “hidden environmental gem” and “green gold.”

Bamboo is already a part of China’s carbon trading scheme, and bamboo charcoal is increasingly made in countries as far apart as Jamaica, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Madagascar is also piloting its first ever bamboo gasifier. In Latin America, meanwhile, bamboo housing is found to be more resilient to typhoons and other natural disasters.

At this event, China’s Special Climate Change Envoy Xie Zhenhua, UNOSSC Director Jorge Chediek, INBAR Director General Hans Friederich, and other senior government and UN officials and representatives from international organisations will share very real examples of how bamboo is being used for climate change mitigation and adaptation across INBAR’s 43 Member states.

INBAR and the UNOSSC will also launch a report, ‘Inspiring Sustainable Development with Bamboo’, which gives case studies of bamboo’s role in South-South Cooperation for poverty reduction, environmental protection, resilient house construction and renewable energy. The report is the latest in the UNOSSC’s South-South in Action series.


Interested to attend one of our events? Please email Saurabh Upadhyay ( or Daniel Mejia ( to confirm your place.