International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization


The Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC) 2018

The Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC) 2018

The Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress, BARC 2018, opened on the 25th of June 2018 in Beijing, China. The three-day event, co-hosted by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation and China’s National Grassland and Forestry Administration, welcomed around 1,200 participants from 70 countries, including ministers, policymakers and representatives from research institutes, development organisations, UN bodies and the private sector.

Over the course of three days, participants could choose to attend a ministerial summit, three high-level dialogues – which covered South-South cooperation, climate change, innovation and industry development – and around 80 parallel sessions. The overarching theme of the Congress was ‘Enhancing South-South Cooperation for Green Development through Bamboo and Rattan’s Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals’. Discussions included how to realise bamboo and rattan’s huge potential in a number of areas: sustainable commodity production, disaster-resilient construction, poverty alleviation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, land restoration and biodiversity protection.

The key materials from the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress can be accessed below. For more information, please email us.

BARC Handbook

The full Congress Handbook, including a list of all sessions and speakers, can be downloaded in English here, and in Chinese here. Daily newsletters covering the main points of the Congress can be found:


BARC Review and Policy Outcomes

‘The Road from the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress: Translating the Beijing Declaration into Action’ is a Policy Synthesis report produced after BARC. The report summarises the key outcomes agreed on at BARC and showcases the vitality and relevance of INBAR’s programme of work – to policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and development practitioners. Download the report here.

The Chinese summary of the Congress, ‘2018世界竹藤大会回顾与总结报告’, can be viewed here.

BARC Paper Abstracts

A list of all accepted abstracts for the Congress can be viewed here.

Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Modern Bamboo Structures (ICBS 2018)

ICBS 2018 was hosted during BARC 2018, and a book of the proceedings has since been published by Taylor & Francis. The book, ‘Modern Engineered Bamboo Structures’, is available for purchase here.

BARC Poster Exhibition

All research posters which were displayed during the Congress are downloadable from this link.

Plenary session videos

Videos for the opening and closing sessions of BARC, all three plenary sessions, and the high-level ministerial dialogue, are all available on INBAR’s Youtube channel here.


Speeches made at the three plenary sessions of BARC can be viewed here.


Over 180 presentations from the Congress are available to read and download here.

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