International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Task Force on Sustainable Bamboo Management

*This Task Force is currently recruiting experts. Please see NOTICE: CALL FOR EXPERTS at the end of the page.*

The INBAR Task Force on Sustainable Bamboo Management aims to increase knowledge and inform practice about how to sustainably manage bamboo resources. A major output of the Task Force is to produce voluntary guideline standards that will boost sustainable management of bamboo forests and farms, as well as trade.

Bamboo is a highly versatile plant and is already an important part of landscape restoration, environmental protection and rural job creation initiatives across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Sustainable management and harvesting is critical to maintaining a sustainable supply of bamboo, and enhancing its potential for storing carbon and restoring degraded land. As such, it is imperative to develop technical guidelines and mechanisms for sustainable management of bamboo, to enhance its benefits for combatting climate change, supporting livelihoods, and boosting environmental protection and economic growth.

The Task Force was established with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as part of the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme. The primary beneficiary countries are Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar, as well as other INBAR Member States, particularly those in Africa.

Task Force Members

  • Dr. Muralidharan Enarth Maviton, Kerala Forest Research Institute, India
  • Dr. Yigardu Mulatu Mengesha, Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Shyam Paudel, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
  • Dr. San Win, University of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Myanmar
  • Prof. Martin Tchamba, University of Dschang, Cameroon
  • Mrs. Ximena Londoño, Colombian Bamboo Society, Colombia
  • Mr. Marc Peeters, PT Bamboo Nusa Verde, Belgium
  • Prof. Juan Carlos Camargo, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia
  • Mrs. Fortunate Senya, Tanzania Forest Services Agency, Tanzania
  • Mr. Stephen Galima, National Forestry Authority, Uganda
  • Dr. Paul Donfack, independent researcher
  • Dr. Van Tho Nguyen, Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences, Viet Nam
  • Dr. Tefera Belay, UN Development Programme and Ethiopia Environment Commission, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Vidya Rajamma Sankar, Kerala Forest Research Institute, India
  • Mr. Marco Piazza, FAO
  • Dr. Nicholas Hogarth, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Prof. Abel Olorunnisola, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Mr. Martin Mwodi Kegere, National Forestry Authority, Uganda
  • Mr. Suraj Anuradha Vanniarachchy, Carbon Consulting Company, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Adeyemi Chabi, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Dr. Jacques Drolet, International Development of Regulatory Globalization (IDRG)
  • Mr. John Agbo Ogbodo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
  • Mr. Kwabena Akodwaa-Boadi, Bamboo for Integrated Development Ghana, Ghana
  • Mr. Edgardo Manda, Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Philippines
  • Mr. Ishmael Abdul Jalloh, Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute, Sierra Leone
  • Mr. Davie Moyo, Forestry Research Institute of Malawi, Malawi
  • Mr. Kuki Kathomi Njeru, Green Pot Enterprises Ltd., Kenya
  • Mr. Kolotiolokafolo Abdoulaye Soro, Programme d’appui au développement des filières agricoles (PADFA)
  • Mr. Noah Zimba, Green Basin Naturals, Zambia
  • Dr. Nambi Barathi, Growmore Biotech Ltd., India

*Notice: Call for Experts*

INBAR is now recruiting experts on sustainable bamboo management, to join the INBAR Task Force on Sustainable Bamboo Management. Experts in or from African countries, and women, are particularly invited to join. If you are interested, please follow this link to submit the form.

While Task Force experts are engaged on a purely voluntary basis, they will be part  of a network of experts working on bamboo nutrition around the world. They can be accredited as Task Force experts on business cards and e-signatures.

For more information about the Task Force, read the Call for Experts here.