International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Bamboo and Rattan Update

Bamboo and Rattan Update is a magazine dedicated to sharing the latest high-quality research and news about the bamboo and rattan sector. It is published by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR).

Bamboo and rattan are two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products. These plants can be a critical part of more sustainable development. Bamboo and Rattan Update provides a platform for policy makers, researchers and development practitioners to showcase their news, research and activities from across the world.

Established in 2020, Bamboo and Rattan Update publishes four times a year, in March, June, September and December. The editorial team welcomes submissions on a range of topical, fresh topics with an emphasis on sustainable development, including:

  • Key messages on bamboo and rattan’s contribution to the SDGs;
  • Summaries of conferences or events about bamboo and rattan across the world;
  • Best practices, pilot projects and profiles of successful initiatives, companies and people which are using bamboo and rattan in new ways, scaling up their use, or raising awareness;
  • New research and applications into bamboo and rattan’s uses, with a focus on sustainable development initiatives.

Authors wishing to submit content should send a 100-summary of their intended article to bru-magazine@inbar.int. Authors must bear in mind the Bamboo and Rattan Update editorial guidelines when preparing their submission.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Bamboo, Rattan and Sustainable Development 

Bamboo and Rattan Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1

For its first issue, Bamboo and Rattan Update is looking for articles on the theme of ‘Bamboo, rattan and sustainable development’.

Nature-based solutions can play a crucial role in creating a more equal, sustainable world. If properly managed and conserved, ecosystems and the services they provide can be used to address a large range of societal challenges, including climate change, poverty, food insecurity and biodiversity loss.

As two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products, bamboo and rattan could be very strategic resources for sustainable development. They grow locally to some of the poorest areas in the tropics and subtropics, and already provide a versatile, year-round source of income for millions of people.

New innovations and technologies are constantly expanding the potential of bamboo and rattan as a source of renewable energy, affordable housing, low-carbon material and nature-based tool for carbon storage, but many applications remain widely unknown. Bamboo and Rattan Update provides a platform for policy makers, researchers and development practitioners to showcase their news, research and activities. For its first issue, the editors are looking for submissions about new research or recent project work regarding bamboo and rattan’s applications for sustainable development:

  • New research in relation to bamboo or rattan’s relationship to the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Any new and significant technological innovation, political commitment or action relating to the topic;
  • Best practices, pilot projects and profiles of successful initiatives.

Articles for Bamboo and Rattan Update should be written in an accessible and engaging style, suitable for non-experts in the field. Authors should bear in mind the magazine’s focus on sustainable development when preparing their submission.

If you think your work would be of interest to us, please send a 100-word summary of your proposed article, along with a short author bio, to bru-magazine@inbar.int. Each successful submission will be awarded USD 300. Authors must adhere to the editorial guidelines when submitting their summary.

The deadline for submitting a summary is Wednesday 10 June 2020. If accepted, the editors will ask for a full article by Friday 3 July.