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The International Seminar on Policies and Industrial Development of Bamboo was successfully held in Ecuador

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The International Seminar on Policies and Industrial Development of Bamboo was successfully held in Ecuador

For two days in Quito, several expert speakers on bamboo issues in Latin America and the world met.

More than 100 people participated from 26 to 27 May in the International Seminar on Policies and Industrial Development of Bamboo in Ecuador. During this meeting, experiences and good practices were exchanged with the intention of creating a favorable environment for the growth of the bamboo sector in the Latin American region.

Fabian Moreno, Project Manager School Workshop Sustainable constructions with bamboo in his presentation on the Participatory Guarantee System for the sustainable management of bamboo.

The event was organized by INBAR, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), with the colaboration of several strategic allies such as the Plan Binational Development of the Ecuador-Peru Border Region, Peru and Ecuador Chapters, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries of Ecuador, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador, the National Service Forestry and Wildlife of Peru and the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research.

From left to right: Fernando Iñiguez, Executive Director of the Binational Plan Ecuador Peru-Ecuador Chapter, María Gabriela Aguilera, Vice Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Pablo Jácome Estrella, INBAR Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean and Oscar Schiappa-Pietra, Executive Director of the Binational Plan Ecuador Peru – Peru Chapter.

During the inauguration ceremony, María Gabriela Aguilera, Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Housing, highlighted the importance of continuing to promote initiatives on this resource. “The proper management and use of bamboo can significantly impact the country’s economic revitalization,” said the official.

In total, 14 topics were addressed by speakers with extensive bamboo experience at a national and international level. These contents were focused on how bamboo is being used to mitigate the consequences of climate change and how activities are being carried out to boost the local economies of vulnerable sectors of the region.

Participants from different parts of Ecuador and the region attended the International Seminar on Policies and Industrial Development of Bamboo.

During the round of questions, women, men and young people from the Coast and Amazon of Ecuador, presented their questions and commented on some activities they are already carrying out in their territories with bamboo, from the production of handicrafts to the construction of buildings with bamboo.

José Rojas, speaker at the seminar with his theme ECOCARBÓN: Bamboo briquettes

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