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Scoping Study to Inform the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR)

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Scoping Study to Inform the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR)

Author:

Matthew Ling; Mads Christensen; Amy Donnison; Katherine Despot Belmonte; Claire Brown

Publisher:

INBAR

Year:

2017

Pages:

84

Keywords:

GABAR, bamboo, rattan, assessment, forests, resources, NTFP

INBAR has launched the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR) in order to quantify and qualify how bamboo and rattan currently contribute, and what their overall potential is, in terms of socio-economic and environmental development goals. Assessments such as GABAR seek to inform, and respond to, decision makers’ needs by synthesising and communicating
complex information, and providing robust and credible information. This scoping study uses the term ‘assessment’ to mean the definition and establishment of an ‘evidence base’ to support decision making. This scoping study, through the survey of key GABAR stakeholders and the subsequent development of suggested policyrelevant questions and a draft GABAR conceptual framework, complemented by a review and analysis of the published bamboo and rattan landscape, provides the foundations for INBAR to fully scope and plan the approach for successfully conducting national to global level assessments of bamboo and rattan. This study demonstrates that sufficient information and data is available to support successful national (and sub-national) assessments of bamboo and rattan that can be subsequently up-scaled to the global level.

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