A delegation of 4 diplomats from the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji Islands, led by H.E. Mr. Ioane Naivalurua, visited INBAR headquarters in Beijing on March 8 to learn about the uses and beneﬁts of bamboo and rattan and to discuss potential Fiji membership and cooperation with INBAR.
Fiji has bamboo resources which remain to be tapped. The delegation expressed that it was an eye-opening visit for them to learn about the versatility of bamboo and rattan for sustainable development, including its role in building cyclone-proof housing, reducing youth unemployment, providing energy, and conserving soil and water, which are all concerns in Fiji.
Both sides agreed to strengthen communication and explore the potential for cooperation in the future. The Ambassador offered to connect INBAR with the Ministry of Women of Fiji and other interested government agencies. INBAR Director General Dr. Hans Friederich welcomed Fiji to co-organise an event with INBAR during UNFCCC COP 23 in Bonn this September under the Presidency of H.E. Prime Minister Bainimarama. The delegation also inquired about Fiji membership in INBAR and agreed to follow up with Suva.
NOTES: International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (legally referred to as International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, INBAR)
INBAR is a multilateral development organisation of 42 Member States for the promotion of Bamboo and Rattan. INBAR plays a unique role in supporting its members to ﬁnd and demonstrate innovative ways of using bamboo and rattan to protect environments and biodiversity, and alleviate poverty.
INBAR connects a global network of partners from the government, private, and not-for-proﬁt sectors to deﬁne and implement a global agenda for sustainable development with bamboo and rattan. www.inbar.int
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