INBAR is the newest Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
25 November 2019 – IUCN Council has approved the admission of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation, INBAR, as a Member of the Union. The move paves the way for INBAR to contribute directly to the work of IUCN, and reflects the vital role bamboo and rattan can play in conserving nature and accelerating the transition to sustainable development.
IUCN is an international organisation working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1300 Member organisations and some 16,000 experts in a combined effort to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.
In a welcome letter, IUCN Acting Director General Dr Grethel Aguilar welcomed INBAR to the Union, and said, “We look forward to [INBAR’s] active participation in IUCN… to further our common mission.”
INBAR and the IUCN have already worked closely together for a number of years. At the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2018) last year, a number of IUCN representatives spoke about nature-based solutions for environmental protection. These included IUCN’s China Director, Dr Zhu Chuquan, who discussed the recent change in conservation status on the Red List, and Scott Perkin, head of Asia’s Natural Resources Group at IUCN, about biodiversity planning for the Giant Panda in China.
INBAR and IUCN are also active ‘on the ground’, implementing projects which demonstrate bamboo’s potential. Currently, INBAR is leading a major project implemented by IUCN, to promote bamboo’s use for land restoration, sustainable livelihoods and climate change mitigation in Cameroon. The project is supported by USD 1.3 million in grants from the Global Environment Facility, and USD 9.1 million in co-financing.
According to INBAR Director General Mr. Ali Mchumo, “INBAR shares IUCN’s commitment to resource conservation and ‘nature-based solutions’ to sustainable development problems. As a Member of IUCN, we will have the opportunity to share our knowledge on nature protection and conservation with an established network of colleagues, build new partnerships, and further influence global environmental policy.”