International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization


UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 26

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 26

INBAR is an Observer to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will be attending the 2021 Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 in Glasgow, Scotland to raise awareness about the potential of bamboo to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, by storing carbon, creating low-carbon products, and providing a source of climate-resilient income to vulnerable communities. Please follow this page for updates on INBAR events.

INBAR will have a booth featuring a bamboo grid pavilion at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Hall 5. The structure, which has been built by a team at Napier University in Edinburgh, the UK, showcases the strength and suitability of bamboo as a low-carbon construction material.

INBAR will also host or take part in the following events:

‘Built Environment Professionals Towards the Bio-based Design Implementation Process’

When: 5 November, 15:00 – 16:15 (GMT)

Where: Multimedia Studio 3

On 5 November, the International Union of Architects (UIA) and INBAR co-hosted an event about bio-based design, and how architects and engineers can integrate carbon neutrality into the built environment design process. The event focused in particular on bamboo construction, its lifecycle analysis, standards, and the engineered bamboo structure. INBAR was pleased to co-host this important event with the UIA, an international organization for architects which unites more than 100 countries across five regions.

You can watch the event on playback through this link.

Development of community-based biomass power generation and land restoration with bamboo in Timor Island, Indonesia

When: 7 November, 09:00 – 10:30 (GMT)

Where: Senate Room

This event, which was co-hosted by Clean Power Indonesia and INBAR, explored the suitability of bamboo for off-grid power generation in Indonesia, a country which is aiming for a 23% energy mix from renewables by 2025. More information can be found here.

This side event also received partial financial support from CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA).

You can read a write-up of the event here, and watch the event on playback through this link.

Forests, trees and agroforestry: From a decade of research to a decade of impacts

When: 5  November, 10:30 – 11:45 (GMT)

Where: Virtual event

This session showcased best practices from a decade of research under the FTA Program, of which INBAR is a partner. The event focused on research for climate action, sustainable food systems, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. More information, and a link to register, can be found here.

Before COP 26 begins, find out more about how bamboo can contribute to climate change mitigation:

  1. Read our article, ‘Five Ways Bamboo Can Fight Climate Change’.
  2. Download our reports about the carbon footprint of bamboo products, and bamboo’s potential role in the circular economy.
  3. Sign up to our quarterly newsletter, for more frequent information about how nature-based solutions can contribute to climate change.

Other bamboo-related events at COP 26 include this virtual exhibition of sustainable building materials, which features the bamboo-built Green School Bali, and a tour by Portuguese company Bambu Bicycles, who will be showcasing their sturdy, tried-and-tested bamboo bikes.

Watch the construction of the bamboo-timber gridshell at COP 26: