International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Highlights from 2019

24 Jun 2020

A new report about INBAR’s main outputs from last year is now online.

For more than 20 years, INBAR has worked to improve the well-being of producers and users of bamboo and rattan, within the context of a sustainable bamboo and rattan resource base, through coordinating and supporting strategic research and development. Last year was no exception, as INBAR’s recently published Annual Highlights 2019 shows.

In 2019, INBAR hosted a garden at the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019, Beijing, China. The Exhibition, which ran for six months and welcomed some 9 million people, provided an important platform for INBAR to raise awareness about bamboo and rattan’s contributions to sustainable development. INBAR commissioned renowned architect Mauricio Cardenas Laverde to create an imposing pavilion, made entirely of bamboo poles, as a key feature of its garden, and used this as a base to host events and curate an exhibition of bamboo and rattan products from April to October. At the end of the Exhibition, INBAR’s garden was awarded a prize for its innovative and environmentally friendly design: a testament to its importance for raising awareness about bamboo and rattan for sustainable development.

The ‘Bamboo Eye’ Pavilion was constructed using more than 5000 bamboo poles.

Aside from the Exhibition, in 2019 INBAR continued to play an active role in policy shaping. INBAR staff supported the integration of bamboo and rattan policies into sustainable development plans and policies in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, as part of ongoing project work. INBAR also organised or attended a range of events, including annual meetings of the UN Framework on Climate Change and UN Convention to Combat Desertification and forums focused on Europe and bamboo, and became a new member of two important platforms: the newly formed Belt and Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition, which provides advice on how to ‘green’ China’s infrastructure development overseas, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international organisation working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Finally, INBAR continued its work on standards development, with the International Organization for Standardization and in individual Member States.

A trainee from Ghana learns about bamboo propagation.

Throughout the year, INBAR shared knowledge and coordinated training programmes for thousands of people. As part of the 2019 INBAR Scholarship Programme, trainees from 16 countries took part in a 12-day workshop and tour of China. Training courses were also organised by the INBAR’s sister organisation in China, the International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan, and through INBAR’s project work. Members of INBAR’s Construction Task Force were very active in promoting bamboo construction at events around the world. And as part of the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development, a raft of new resource assessments, manuals and guiding documents on bamboo and rattan use were published. They join the 400-odd free publications in INBAR’s resource centre.

In 2019, INBAR continued to advance pilot studies and projects across countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. These include projects to promote the development of the bamboo sector, create new sources of employment and preserve local heritage, across Cameroon, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Madagascar and Uganda.

Finally, INBAR staff continued to represent INBAR Member States and advocate for bamboo and rattan, by attending events, workshops and meetings across the world. The report gives a full list of INBAR events, and a special section on regional events in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

INBAR’s Annual Highlights 2019 can be downloaded here.

From events at the Beijing Expo 2019 (pictured) to appearance at international conferences and co-organization of meetings and forums, INBAR was active in promoting bamboo and rattan’s uses on the international stage.