First Ibero-Bamboo Symposium
How can Europe benefit from bamboo? Historically associated with countries in the tropics and subtropics, this fast-growing grass plant can be a hugely important part of lifestyles in the Global North: as a renewable form of biomass energy, a low-carbon material, a form of sustainable construction, and a crucial part of the circular economy. By developing the market for bamboo products, and working in closer collaboration with bamboo-producing countries, Europe can make this plant a nature-based solution for their future sustainable development.
The first Ibero-Bamboo Symposium aims to introduce a wide range of European stakeholders to the benefits of bamboo, and to encourage new partnerships, programmes and research into bamboo’s applications for European markets. Participants and speakers are drawn from a wide range of stakeholders across European and bamboo-producing countries, including international experts, senior policy makers and private sector representatives.
The Symposium will be followed by a separate workshop on ‘Bioconstruction with Bamboo’ (2-4 October). The workshop is organised by BAMBUSA, with support from INBAR, the Department of Construction and Architectural Technologies, and Madrid University’s Masters course in Environment and Bioclimatic Architecture. It aims to introduce bamboo as a construction material, including a practical workshop which involves constructing a full-scale prototype of a bamboo greenhouse.
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
The conference is organised by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) and BAMBUSA.
INBAR is a multilateral development organisation that promotes environmentally sustainable development using bamboo and rattan. It has 45 Member States. In addition to its Secretariat headquarters in China, INBAR has Regional Offices in Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana and India. Since its founding in 1997, INBAR has been making a real difference to the lives of millions of people and environments around the world, with achievements in areas such as: raising standards; promoting safe, resilient bamboo construction; restoring degraded land; capacity-building; and informing green policy and Sustainable Development Goal objectives. www.inbar.int
BAMBUSA is a Spanish company that participates in landscaping, decoration and bioconstruction projects which use bamboo. It is a specialist in a number of bamboo auxiliary facilities for interior and exterior use. Currently, the company offers complete consulting and technical support services for the design and construction of bamboo structures, and incorporates the latest international advances into their projects. BAMBUSA has developed its own construction techniques, which are adapted to the specific climate characteristics of Spain. In addition, BAMBUSA is the country’s largest importers of bamboo, including several varieties, prefabricated structures, rolled fences, panels and boards. https://bambusa.es/en/
The Ibero-Bamboo Symposium has been made possible with contributions from a number of partners: