International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Promoting sustainable bamboo and rattan trade

INBAR Members



Supporting the development of sustainable domestic and international trade in bamboo and rattan

INBAR is working on a project to improve the development of sustainable bamboo and rattan markets.

The project is part of a multi-million dollar project led by UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), which aims to make trade a positive force for both marginalised people and nature conservation. It is one of several hubs funded by the UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund.

Sustainable trade in wild species and agricultural goods can lift people out of poverty and create economic growth, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The Hub will select trades that have an important impact on biodiversity, as well as those that are important for local livelihoods. This includes bamboo and rattan, both of which are fast-growing, readily available alternatives to a number of emissions-intensive materials, and which provide an invaluable source of income for rural communities across the tropics and subtropics.

INBAR will be conducting an assessment into the impacts of using bamboo as a replacement for other materials, including wood products. This assessment will then be used as the basis to publish policy-relevant information on how to develop domestic and international trade within the bamboo and rattan sector.

Contact details

For more information about the project, please contact:

  • Li Yanxia, Senior Programme Officer, yxli [at] inbar [dot] int, China