International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Union for the Conservation of Nature at BARC

2 Apr 2018

INBAR welcomes an important delegation from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, including President Zhang Xinsheng

29 March 2018 – With under 90 days to go, INBAR is delighted to announce several more key speakers and participants to its Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC2018). These include a sizeable representation from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a leading international organisation working in the field of nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.

In particular, INBAR is honoured to welcome IUCN’s President, Zhang Xinsheng. Since 2012, Mr. Zhang has helped to align IUCN with important environmental initiatives, including the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. IUCN’s focus shares similarities to INBAR, which has worked over the last few years to raise the profile of bamboo and rattan as solutions for biodiversity and ecosystem management, as well as more sustainable alternatives for production and consumption. In the past, Mr. Zhang has also worked extensively in the Chinese province of Guizhou, to develop a truly sustainable development and conservation model in the area – something that INBAR has also done through a series of very successful bamboo projects, based in Chishui, Guizhou. At BARC2018, President Zhang will speak in plenary about the role of green tools in South-South Cooperation, and will also speak in a session about bamboo and rattan’s important role in biodiversity.

A number of IUCN representatives will also accompany President Zhang, including: Madhav Karki, Vice-Chair on IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management; Jake Brunner, IUCN’s Programme Coordinator for Vietnam, also an INBAR Member state; Li Jia, Forest Landscape Restoration Officer; and Zhu Chunquan, China’s Country Representative. All will speak at a range of BARC sessions, which cover ecosystem protection, landscape restoration, forest management and sustainable development. BARC2018’s full programme can be viewed here.

Over seventy years, IUCN has grown to become the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, representing a large number of causes. INBAR shares IUCN’s commitment to resource conservation and ‘nature-based solutions’ to sustainable development problems – something which will be explored in depth in the Congress.

To find out more information and to register for BARC, click here.