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Sustainable Development of the Bamboo and Rattan Sectors in Tropical China

Sustainable Development of the Bamboo and Rattan Sectors in Tropical China


Zhu Zhaohua


China Forestry Publishing House






China, tropical China, bamboo, rattan, sustainable developmentt

An International Workshop on Bamboo and Rattan was jointly carried out by the two provinces in April 12-22, 2000 in Haikou (Hainan) and Kunming (Yunnan), the workshop organizers, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR). It aimed at promoting bamboo and rattan in both provinces, where its cultivation and processing, marketing and consumption seemed to be lagging behind the development in general. Much better exemples can easily be observed in the so-called Bamboo Provinces of China. This is puzzling because Hainan Province especially, has rich potentials in terms of number of native species, sites for cultivation and people familiar with the handling of both species. Yet these species seem for some reasons to be under-used and even neglected. The workshop was therefore intended to be a kick-off for a renaissance of bamboo and rattan and their many fields of cultivation and utilization. The workshop heard state of affairs reports from the two provinces involved, technical papers from bamboo and rattan experts experts from China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines, and engaged in group work as well as fieldtrips through both provinces. Opportunities for exchange of ideas and meanings offered a wide range of know-how and informations to the participants, which included scientists, government officials, students and farmers as well. The workshop’s cornerstones were joint agreements about follow-up measures in both provinces, which already have started.