International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation


INBAR works with a wide range of partners from different sectors to promote the inclusion of bamboo and rattan into sustainable development.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

FAO has supported INBAR’s work even before the network’s establishment, and the two organisations have collaborated in a number of ways. In 2020, FAO and INBAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration on a number of key areas, including bamboo resource assessments and our understanding of bamboo and rattan’s possible contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Global Forest Goals.

CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

INBAR is a partner of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). FTA is the world’s largest research for development programme to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security and to address climate change. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) leads FTA in partnership with Biodiversity International, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), INBAR, World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and Tropenbos International (TBI).

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

INBAR has been a Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2019. UCN is an international organisation working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1300 Member organisations and some 16,000 experts in a combined effort to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Global Landscapes Forum

INBAR is a charter member of the Global Landscapes Forum and has attended or contributed to a number of key activities and events, including the Global Landscapes Forum events in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

UN organisations

INBAR is an Observer to the three Rio Conventions: the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCDD), the UN Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention for Biological Diversity (UNCBD). As an Observer to these Conventions, INBAR takes part in annual Conferences of the Parties (COPs), to represent its Member States in promoting the importance of bamboo and rattan.

In December 2017, INBAR was made an Observer to the UN General Assembly. As an Observer, INBAR attends annual meetings in New York, to promote bamboo’s inclusion in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As well as being an Observer to the UNCCD,  UNFCCC, UNCBD and UN General Assembly, INBAR works with a large number of UN organisations, including—but not limited to—the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, UN Forum on Forests, UN Environment and UN Environment World Monitoring and Conservation Centre, the UN Development Programme, UN Habitat and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN.

China-based think tanks

INBAR’s Secretariat is based in Beijing, China. INBAR is a member of a number of important China-based think tanks and networks, including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Belt and Road Initiative Green Development Coalition, which was formed by UN Environment and the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment in 2019.

Project donors and partners

INBAR, through its Global Programme Team and Regional Offices, implements a number of projects which use bamboo and rattan to restore land, create or improve livelihood options, mitigate climate change, and more. More information about INBAR’s current project donors and partners can be found on our Projects page.

One particularly influential donor to INBAR throughout the years has been the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which has provided sustained support to INBAR’s work on rural poverty alleviation. In 2015, INBAR estimated that IFAD-funded activities alone have helped generate around 250,000 jobs. More information about IFAD’s support to INBAR can be found in this 2015 publication here.