INBAR’s annual publication highlights key moments from the past year
6 May 2019 – Earlier this month, INBAR released its Annual Highlights. The report covers some of the organisation’s main achievements throughout the year. Annual Highlights is online in Chinese and English, and will soon be available in French and Spanish.
One of INBAR’s aims in the lead up to 2030, as laid out in its Strategy 2015-2030, is to raise awareness about bamboo and rattan on the global stage. In 2018, bamboo and rattan featured prominently in international discussions about sustainable development. These included the three-day Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2018), co-hosted by INBAR and China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration, in June, which attracted over 1000 participants and resulted in raft of new policies and partnerships. In September, heads of state included bamboo and rattan as tools for green development at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. And throughout the year, INBAR promoted the importance of nature-based solutions at a number of conferences, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 24, the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference and the Global Landscapes Forum.
INBAR also continued its important work with the UN: INBAR attended the UN General Assembly as an Observer for the first time, and was active at a number of UN events. At BARC 2018, INBAR’s strong relationship with the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda was underlined by messages of support from the Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme Achim Steiner, and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa.
Another key aim of INBAR’s 2015-2030 Strategy is to promote the integration of bamboo and rattan into national and regional policies. On a bilateral level, 2018 saw a great deal of cooperation between INBAR Member States. The President of Cameroon, H.E. Paul Biya, and the President of Madagascar, H.E. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, both visited INBAR Headquarters. INBAR’s Director General also met with the President of Togo, H.E. Faure Gnassingbé, and received messages of support from H.E. Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia, Lenín Moreno, President of Ecuador, and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China at BARC 2018. Throughout the year, INBAR continued to advise a number of governments on the creation of national bamboo strategies and action plans, and contributed to the development of international standards to promote bamboo construction.
Aside from its advocacy work and policy support, INBAR remained very active on the ground, leading projects in a number of countries. Over 5000 people were trained as part of bilateral and multilateral training initiatives, and work continued on bamboo and rattan projects across China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam and Uganda. INBAR’s project work in 2018 makes a solid contribution to the organisation’s promise to “foster on-the-ground innovation and upscale best practices.”
In 2018, INBAR welcomed the Central African Republic as its 44th Member State, and 19th in Africa. To support INBAR’s growing number of African Member States, in September INBAR and Cameroon agreed to establish a Central Africa Regional Office in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The office should provide a welcome boost to local bamboo and rattan projects in the region.
Finally, in 2018 INBAR continued its commitment to “share knowledge and communicate lessons learned” through its active online presence and publications. In total, INBAR published 35 reports last year, a number of which are also available in Chinese, French and Spanish. All reports are available online, and cover a range of topics related to the development of bamboo and rattan, including technical information, trade analyses, policy synthesis reports and technology transfer models. The Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development, GABAR, also continued apace, with its aim to increase global knowledge about bamboo and rattan resources. In 2018, GABAR coordinated the mapping of five countries’ bamboo resources, analyses of national rattan value chains, and a new definition of bamboo forests to support the FAO’s upcoming Forest Resource Assessment 2020.