International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Bamboo and sustainable consumption: seminar on SDG 12

19 May 2017

18 May 2017 – INBAR took part in a seminar to discuss bamboo’s role in Sustainable Development Goal 12: sustainable production and consumption.

The event, hosted at the Ambassador’s Residence for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing, also included speakers from IUCN, UN Environment and World Future Council.

INBAR Director General Dr Hans Friederich spoke about bamboo’s role as a renewable, recyclable material with over 10,000 documented uses, and linked the plant to specific targets under Sustainable Development Goal 12. Bamboo, he said, could be used to help reduce waste; as a sustainable material for public procurement; and as a key part of sustainable tourism.

Dr Friederich also stressed that bamboo was an ideal tool for South-South Cooperation, and could help developing countries strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

Dr Han Meng, China Representative of UN Environment, spoke about the wider context for Sustainable Development Goal 12, and global resource consumption challenges. Mr Zhang Yan, Head of Program for IUCN China, showed attendees pictures of IUCN’s award-winning education centre in China, made from bamboo. Finally, Ms Chen Boping, China Program Director of the World Future Council, discussed some ways in which bamboo could be integrated into sustainable urban planning.

The event was part of a wider seminar series by the Netherlands Embassy on how to integrate sustainability into corporate social responsibility. The focus on bamboo was very topical, given the recent arrival in the Netherlands of two pandas on loan from China: Wu Wen and Xing Ya.

A bamboo pavilion at the Kingdom of the Netherlands Ambassador’s Residence