International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

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Prof. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of INBARProf. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of INBAR

BARC 2022 Parallel Sessions Report: Strengthening Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Restoration

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BARC 2022 Parallel Sessions Report: Strengthening Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Restoration

Prof. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of INBAR

Prof. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of INBAR, outlined the ways in which bamboo can contribute to healthier ecosystems and cleaner energy.

The session highlighted the status, actions, and good practices of governments and international organizations in mobilizing resources for forests, bamboo and rattan.

Organized as part of the proceedings of the Second Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2022), Session 4.4 entitled “Strengthening Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Restoration” convened on 8 November 2022. The discussion of the session centered on actions and partnerships to mobilize financing resources for implementing the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030 (UNSPF). The session featured opening remarks by the Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS) and Deputy Director General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR), as well as presentations by representatives of UNFFS, the Government of China, the Government of Malawi, and INBAR.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Juliette Biao, Director of the UNFFS, emphasized the long-standing challenges countries face in securing sufficient financing for forests. Ms. Biao further introduced the actions and impacts of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN) of the UNFFS in supporting countries for resource mobilization. She pointed out some key challenges in mobilizing financing for further discussion during the session, including how to enhance effectiveness and promote partnership in resource mobilization.

Prof. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of INBAR, underlined the important role of bamboo and rattan in ecosystem restoration and bamboo’s key role as an alternative for energy-intensive material. Mr. Lu underscored the benefit of investing in bamboo and rattan by highlighting the commitment of some key international partners in the field. He stressed the challenges in mobilizing adequate financing resources for bamboo and rattan and welcomed the session for its timely discussion on the matter.

The opening remarks were followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Mr. Peter Gondo, Inter-regional Advisor of the UNFFS. Mr. Gondo introduced the objectives of the meeting, namely, to explore concrete measures to support resource mobilization for implementing the UNSPF and explore synergies and opportunities for partnership. He further introduced the panelists and invited the audience to participate in the discussion.

During the panel discussion, Ms. Yan Lang, Programme Management Officer of the UNFFS, introduced the GFFFN’s activities in supporting countries in resource mobilization through capacity building, development of national forest financing strategies, and project conceptualization. She highlighted the tailor-made and inclusive approach adopted by the GFFFN in such activities.

Mr. Yufu Guo, the Director of the Division for UNFF Affairs of the International Cooperation Center of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (NFGA), made a presentation on the actions of the government of China in implementing the UN Forest Instrument (UNFI) and UNSPF, in particular the pilot sites of the UN Forest Instrument (UNFI) implementation. He also provided an overview of forest financing in China. Mr. Guo highlighted some innovative approaches adopted by the government in resource mobilization, including subsidized forest disaster insurance and private-public partnership.

Ms. Patricia Masupayi, Deputy Director, Department of Forestry of Malawi, presented the main sources of financing for forests in Malawi. She also introduced the status of Bamboo and its financing in Malawi. She considered mobilizing finance for research and promoting the use of bamboo as important actions to be taken at the national level in Malawi.

Mr. Borja De La Peña Escardó, Global Policy Officer, INBAR, highlighted that INBAR’s activities contribute broadly to several Sustainable Development Goals. He introduced the replicable models adopted by INBAR in relevant projects for the promotion of benefits from bamboo and rattan. He also shared some examples of projects with synergies of forests and bamboo and rattan, and the potential of collaboration between INBAR and the GFFFN in resource mobilization.

Summary and recommendations

The session highlighted the status, actions, and good practices of governments and international organizations in mobilizing resources for forests, bamboo and rattan. Some innovative approaches and recommendations shared during the session, such as subsidized forest disaster insurance, private-public partnership, and financing research, and promoting innovation and use of bamboo, can be adopted and applied by other governments/entities. The meeting also discussed some potential areas for collaboration between INBAR and GFFFN, especially in resource mobilization, which provides the basis for further follow-up actions.