The partnership marks an important step forward for integrating bamboo and rattan into international ecosystem work.
8 March – INBAR has become a supporting partner of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
The Partnership Committee approved INBAR’s application to become a supporting partner in early March. In their acceptance letter, the Committee hoped that INBAR “will be able to help promote and amplify the UN Decade and its activities, help strength restoration capacity and monitoring efforts, and support the coordination of UN Decade initiatives within your field of expertise.”
The Decade for Ecosystems Restoration strategy was developed in 2020, after a call for action on ecosystem degradation by over 70 countries in the UN, and will launch on World Environment Day on 5 June 2021. The Decade aims to push attention towards the importance of ecosystems for sustaining life on earth, and the urgent need to protect and revive them. It is led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
In its role as supporting partner, INBAR will raise awareness about the importance of bamboo and rattan for ecosystems, and continue to provide training and information about how to integrate bamboo into ecosystem restoration work. Expected outputs in 2021 include a number of restoration-focused webinars, as well as new research conducted into priority bamboo species for land restoration, bamboo ecosystem services, and manuals on how to integrate bamboo into agroforestry.
Bamboo and rattan are an important part of tropical and subtropical ecosystems. Bamboo in particular can play an important role in land restoration and water management, due to its extensive root systems which bind soil, prevent water run-off and make the plant capable of surviving and regenerating when the biomass above ground is destroyed by fire. In addition, bamboo and rattan are a key part of biodiverse ecosystems, with a number of the world’s most iconic and endangered species relying on these plants for food and shelter.
To mark the start of the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, INBAR will be hosting a webinar on bamboo and rattan for ecosystems on 5 June. Find out more about this and other upcoming webinars here.