International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

INBAR launches its new webinar series

5 Jun 2020

The way we learn and share experiences is changing. Beginning in 2020, INBAR’s new webinar series aims to inform, educate and inspire people about two of the world’s most valuable non-timber forest products.

In 2020, more than any year, we have the opportunity, and responsibility, to reflect on our relationship with the natural world, and what it gives us. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, INBAR is transforming its approach to training and knowledge-sharing about bamboo and rattan.

Over the following months, from 16 June onwards, INBAR’s themed online webinar series will bring together experts to discuss bamboo and rattan’s contributions to a variety of areas: environmental management, poverty reduction and integrated rural development, and construction. All webinars are free to join, and the series should be of interest to a wide range of audiences, including policymakers, scientists, planners, entrepreneurs, development practitioners and farmers.

INBAR’s webinars are planned under seven themes:

Under the first theme, Bamboo and environmental management, INBAR will help bamboo sector stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the vital services which bamboo forests and bamboo-based agroforestry systems can provide for humans and ecosystems, and will discuss new opportunities to link bamboo forests with ecosystem markets and carbon markets.

In addition to its environmental services, bamboo also offers a broad range of livelihood options, and a pathway out of poverty for people in rural areas. Experiences from previous INBAR development projects across the world have shown the triple bottom line benefits which are possible with bamboo. Under the second theme, Bamboo for poverty reduction and livelihood development, INBAR staff and selected experts will focus in particular on different bamboo agro-forestry options for smallholder farmers, as well as the potential role of bamboo in food security and enterprises, different value-addition enterprise models, and integrated development models.

The third theme, Bamboo industry development, looks more broadly at bamboo as a strategic resource that contributes to green growth. Across the world, many enterprises have already started using bamboo as a material for biomass energy, low-carbon and low-cost housing, and daily consumables. In southern China in particular, bamboo is playing a critical role in revitalising the rural economy. Webinars in this theme will look at specific cases of bamboo supply chain development, technological innovations, products and markets, as well as standardisation works, and experts will discuss the roadmap for the bamboo sector’s global development.

In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, INBAR feels obliged to emphasise the role that bamboo and rattan can play for enhancing health and welfare. Under theme four, Bamboo for health and welfare, experts will focus on bamboo’s roles in healthcare and welfare, including its use in medical, antimicrobial, insecticidal and herbicidal uses treatments, activated bamboo carbon, and bamboo eco-tourism as a source of health care and leisure.

The fifth theme of INBAR’s webinar series, Bamboo as a sustainable material for construction, drills deeper into different traditional and contemporary bamboo construction structures, including: key research; new techniques and technologies; bamboo construction enterprises and market opportunities; and the environmental benefits of bamboo construction. Overall, this theme aims to build greater awareness about bamboo’s potential to alleviate the world’s acute housing crisis, as a low-cost form of construction and as part of the development of zero-emission, ‘green’ cities.

Under theme six, A policy roadmap for bamboo development, three webinar sessions are planned for policymakers and planners to discuss the strategic and enabling policies needed for enhancing bamboo-based development, to analyse the key gaps that inhibit the development of the sector, to deliberate on existing strategies and action plans used by INBAR Member States, and how to implement these.

The final theme, Sustainable management and utilisation of rattan resources, focuses on rattan’s ecosystem services and roles in rural livelihoods. Experts will also assess the present over-exploration of rattan, and discuss various aspects of rattan management and use.

The first series of webinar series will be launched from 16 June 2020. You can browse the full list of INBAR webinars here.