International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Biodiversity at BARC2018

2 Mar 2018

To celebrate World Wildlife day, INBAR announces its latest collaborations with the World Wildlife Foundation for the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress

3 March 2018 – Given the theme for this World Wildlife Day is ‘big cats’, we could hardly neglect the importance of one iconic mammal. Although they are members of the Ursidae (bear) family, the Giant Panda is known in Chinese as xióng māo (熊猫) – literally, ‘bear cat’. These giant mammals rely on bamboo for their sustenance, and eat up to 38 kilograms a day.

The panda is not alone in its dependence on bamboo. Bamboo and rattan are a key part of biodiverse landscapes in the regions in which they grow. They are especially crucial for protecting some of the world’s most impressive and endangered mammals – from the Mountain Gorilla and the Bale Monkey to the Greater Bamboo Lemur. With several of these species are at risk from deforestation and unsustainable harvesting, we need to better map and protect these resources.

Biodiversity will be an important part of the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC2018), co-organised by INBAR and China’s State Forestry Administration. This congress will be the first policy-oriented forum to discuss the potential of green tools, such as bamboo and rattan, for sustainable development. Sessions will cover a diverse range of biodiversity topics, including land restoration and the Bonn Challenge, bamboo and rattan certification and sustainable tropical forest management.

To support these sessions, INBAR is delighted to welcome six speakers from WWF, including representatives from WWF International, WWF China, WWF Singapore and WWF Greater Mekong. The speakers include Alistair Monument, the leader of Forest Practice and a well-known expert in the field of forest management.

WWF has worked extensively with bamboo and rattan. Most recently, in the Greater Mekong region, WWF has helped to establish sustainable rattan supply chains from natural forests, and create income from non-timber-forest products. As WWF’s experience shows, rural smallholder communities benefiting from these markets can become an integral part of conservation efforts. Poverty alleviation using bamboo and rattan must go hand in hand with the protection of these plants and their landscapes.

INBAR looks forward to WWF’s contribution to BARC2018, and invites all those with an interest in biodiversity protection to be part of this policy-critical conversation.

To find out more information and register for BARC, click here.