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 Authors must bear in mind the Bamboo and Rattan Update editorial guidelines when preparing their submission.

Vol. 1 Issue 1: Bamboo, Rattan and Sustainable Development

The first issue of Bamboo and Rattan Update will publish online in September. If you have not already signed up to receive updates, you can do so here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Bamboo, Rattan and Biodiversity 

Bamboo and Rattan Update, Vol. 1 Issue 2

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

The next decade will be a critical one for the world’s ecosystems. Bamboo and rattan play an important role in tropical forest protection and as a source of habitat and food, but they are facing conservation problems of their own.

Ahead of the upcoming UN biodiversity conference in Kunming, China next year, the theme of BRU’s second issue will be ‘Bamboo, rattan and biodiversity’. In particular, the editors are looking for submissions about new research or recent project work regarding:

  • Bamboo and rattan’s ecosystem services, and/or how a better understanding of bamboo and rattan’s ecosystem services can promote biodiversity protection;
  • How bamboo and rattan biodiversity is mapped;
  • How sustainable bamboo and rattan management has been integrated into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies;
  • How creating a robust market for bamboo and rattan products can incentivise their protection;
  • How innovative uses for bamboo and rattan can have positive effects on global biodiversity conservation.

More information about the call for papers can be found here.

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 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 30 September 2020. If accepted, the editors will ask for a full article by Monday 8 November.