Organisation Internationale pour le Bambou et le Rotin

Organisation Internationale pour le Bambou et le Rotin


Bamboo Bioenergy Workshop in Accra

Bamboo Bioenergy Workshop in Accra

26-27 November 2019, Accra, Ghana

This workshop aims to stimulate a discussion on harnessing the potential of bamboo in the production of clean energy for economic growth, rural livelihoods and environmental sustainability. Participants will also discuss ways of scaling up the establishment of bamboo plantations to address deforestation and providing sustainable biomass for renewable energy production to contribute to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

The workshop will adopt a dynamic participatory process so as to encourage networking, knowledge sharing and collaborative partnership among institutions for the strategic development of bamboo for renewable energy at the domestic and commercial levels.

Call for Abstracts

Prospective participants are invited to submit an abstract on any of the following themes. The abstracts should discuss how best bamboo and bamboo biomass can be explored for sustainable development:

  • Bamboo for domestic energy production: Bamboo represents a formidable resource for energy production (charcoal and briquette) for rural communities because it is available in large quantities and can easily be accessed.
  • Bamboo for commercial energy production: The high amounts of waste generated from bamboo can serve as raw material for pellets production which could be used for the generation of energy for industrial usage.
  • Bamboo for landscape restoration and degraded lands: Bamboo as a green natural resource can be used for the restoration of degraded lands and riparian areas to promote biodiversity, restore ecological functions, and prevent soil erosion.
  • Bamboo for carbon mitigation: Bamboo as a species can serve as a sink for carbon storage. The species has the potential to sequester over one million tons of carbon which is stored as biomass.


Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in English. Abstract wording should range between 350-500 words, Times New Roman, and 11 font size. The abstracts should contain the title of the paper, name(s), contact information, five keywords, and biographical notes on the Authors. All abstracts will be anonymously evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: originality and creativity; clarity of content; contribution to the knowledge base/evidence base; relevance and timeliness in terms of findings and conclusions. Selected abstracts will be given the opportunity to make a presentation at the workshop.

Call for Policy Briefs:

Research Scientists, Policy Experts and other academic experts are invited to submit a policy brief (not more than 10 pages) on one of the following topics:

  • Bamboo for charcoal production: Papers under this theme should address the use of bamboo for the production of charcoal taking into consideration the calorific value of the product as compared to charcoal production from wood. Successful case studies and lessons from charcoal production will also be accepted.
  • Bamboo for pellets production: Papers under this theme should tackle the use of bamboo waste to produce pellets for commercial energy production. 

Deadline for submission of abstracts and policy briefs is 30 October 2019. All abstracts should be sent to Notification of acceptance of abstract will be on 05 November 2019. All abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be given the necessary considerations. First authors of accepted abstracts will receive funding support to enable them to participate in the workshop.