International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

24 Apr

Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Harnessing the Potential of Bamboo for Renewable Energy

  • Date 24 April 2020 - 22 May 2020
  • Address Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Contact

    For more information please contact:

    Rene Kaam,, +237 680 12 46 46, +86 139 1049 1240 (WhatsApp)

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development and South-South Triangular Cooperation, is organising a workshop on harnessing the potential of bamboo for renewable energy in Yaoundé, Cameroon in June or July 2020 (TBC). At this workshop, the African Taskforce on Bamboo for Renewable Energy will be inaugurated. Invited experts to this workshop will be invited to join the African Taskforce on Bamboo for Renewable Energy  to contribute their expertise to the documentation of best practices and standards on bamboo for renewable energy such as bamboo charcoal, bamboo for fuelwood, and bamboo biomass for electricity generation through gasification and pyrolysis, and other themes.

Purpose of the Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together African experts to examine the potential of bamboo as an alternative source of bioenergy production in African countries with emphasis on the characteristics, conversion processes, suitability of bamboo for energy production, and socioeconomic and environmental implications of bamboo for energy production. To download the full concept note, click here.

The primary target countries of this workshop are the African INBAR Member States (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar; Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda) and the official partner is the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Cameroon.

Call for Abstracts

Experts are invited to submit an abstract on any of the following themes. The abstracts should discuss how best bamboo and bamboo biomass can be explored for the production of renewable energy under these themes:

  • Potential of bamboo for biomass applications: Characteristics of bamboo as a good source of biomass for energy, including the fuel characteristics, yield of bamboo energy per hectare, and a comparison with traditional biomass; Bamboo’s sustainability as a resource considering the current coverage of bamboo forest in specific countries?
  • Technologies of producing energy from bamboo: what are the applications; technologies applied in bio-energy conversion – households, SME, industrial applications.
  •  Environmental implications: Bamboo vs other renewable energy source; The contribution to carbon mitigation or greenhouse gas reduction in the atmosphere; environmental benefits.

In accordance with donor’s requirement, full sponsorship including round-trip airfare, accommodation and allowance will be awarded to selected speakers of the sessions. Only nationals of African INBAR Member States are eligible for sponsorship. Non-African INBAR Member State nationals are encourage to submit abstracts but are not eligible for sponsorship.

How to Register and Submit an Abstract

Interested participants are encouraged to complete the workshop application form, filling out information including a 300-word max abstract using the abstract form. The form should be returned to the following email address:

Deadline for submission: 22 May 2020