International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization


Webinar: Sustainable Management and Utilisation of Rattan Resources

Webinar: Sustainable Management and Utilisation of Rattan Resources

Theme: Sustainable Management and Utilisation of Rattan Resources


Rattans are the mainstay of a thriving furniture industry and a means of livelihood for many communities around the world. however, threatened habitats in the wild, spiralling land prices and competing land-use patterns have posed challenges to the sustainability of rattan resources.

This webinar will address the need to improve rattan resources, how to achieve sustainability through plantations, and how to choose the most suitable species, cultivation methods and management practices. It is targeted at forest managers in rattan-growing areas of the world, as well as rattan-growing communities, artisans, furniture manufacturers and exporters.


Dr. Muralidharan Enarth Maviton. Dr. Muralidharan is a Senior Principal Scientist at the Forest Genetics and Biotechnology Division of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) , Peechi, India. His research interests have been in the area of biotechnology of forestry species (particularly of rattan, bamboo and teak) and rare and endangered plants. He has been involved in the collection of rattan, bamboo and teak germplasm, its characterisation and conservation, and developing clonal propagation methods, especially micropropagation. Current research is on DNA barcoding and phylogeny of rattans. He has also developed guidelines and manuals on the production of quality planting stock and establishment and management of nurseries and plantations of bamboo. He was the past Chief Editor of the Journal of Bamboo and Rattan, an international open access journal published by KFRI. He is currently the Deputy Coordinator of the IUFRO Unit 5.11.05, ‘Bamboo and Rattan’, since 2019, an expert member of the INBAR Task Force on Rattan Uses and Development, and CED9 of the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Dr. Sreekumar Vadakkethil Balakrishnan. Dr. Sreekumar is a scientist with the Forest Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation Division at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, India. He has conducted extensive research on resource inventory, taxonomy, assessment of genetic diversity and species recovery programmes of Indian rattans. Dr. Sreekumar received his doctorate from Calicut University in the field of systematics and phylogenetics of rattans. He is the author of over 95 research publications including technical reports, peer-reviewed articles and popular articles, and coauthored the book Field guide to the Indian Palms. He had undertaken projects supported by various agencies, mainly the Department of Science & Technology, the Government of India, and the UN Development Programme. He is serving as an expert member in the INBAR Task Force on Rattan Uses and Development.

Dr. Willie Abasolo. Dr. Abasolo is Dean of the College Of Forestry And Natural Resources at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. His research interest has been on non-timber forest products including rattan and bamboo. He has authored many publications on rattan including on: the properties of rattan cane as a basis for determining the optimum cutting cycle of cultivated Calamus merrillii Becc; the mechanical attributes of Gigantochloa levis and Dendrocalamus asper as affected by the application of organic fertilisers; and the influence of fibre distribution and characteristics on the fibre saturation point of Calamus ornatus var. philippinensis and Calamus merrillii Becc. Dr. Abasolo is a member of the Bamboo and Rattan Technical Committee, under the Department of Trade and Industry in the Philipines.

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30 September 2020

10:00-12:00 (Yaoundé, GMT+1)

Language: English

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