International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Pakistan joins INBAR

1 Jul 2021

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has become INBAR’s 48th Member State.

On 1 July 2021, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan formally acceded to INBAR. It is INBAR’s 48th Member State, and 16th in the Asia-Pacific region.

Pakistan has a long relationship in INBAR, and was an Observer at the organisation’s formal establishment back in 1997. In recent years, INBAR has collaborated with Pakistan on a number of occasions. A delegation from Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change visited INBAR in 2019, as part of a trip to China to discuss cooperation on forestry. In 2020, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Beijing, H.E. Mr. Moin ul Haque, paid a visit to INBAR Headquarters. And in January 2021, another delegation of spouses and staff from the Embassy, led by H.E. Mr. Moin’s wife Mrs. Farah Moin, visited INBAR.

A delegation of spouses and staff from the Pakistan Embassy visiting the bamboo and rattan exhibition hall.

Bamboo is already cultivated in several parts of Pakistan, and the country boasts around 15 bamboo species. Bamboo housing has also been used throughout the country to build post-disaster housing following earthquakes and floods. In 2020, Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari won the Jane Drew prize for her work designing a bamboo women’s centre in northern Pakistan.

Yasmeen Lari in front of the Women’s Centre. Photo by Al Jazeera

“We are delighted to welcome Pakistan to the INBAR network”, said Professor Lu, INBAR Deputy Director General. “Bamboo can be a critical part of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to reforest degraded land, as part of its new Plant for Pakistan initiative to plant 10 billion trees, and can provide a sustainable material for infrastructure and green job creation. We very much look forward to working closely with Pakistan for green, bio-based development with bamboo and rattan.”

Find out more information about Pakistan here.

For more information about ongoing projects in INBAR Member States, click here.