International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

INBAR’s How-to Guide to the Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo

INBAR News
24 Feb 2020

INBAR has published a complete manual for the sustainable management of clumping bamboo, including easy-to-follow step-by step guides to site and species selection, planting, transportation and harvesting. The report can be downloaded from the INBAR resource library for free, as can all of INBAR’s publications.

“This manual provides the most comprehensive set of guidelines yet for the sustainable management of clumping bamboo in both natural and plantation bamboo forests.”

24 Februry 2020 – The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, have published a new set of guidelines that comprehensively outline current best practice in the sustainable management of clumping bamboo. “Clumping” or “sympodial” bamboo, characterised by short-necked rhizomes that do not spread horizontally and by plant growth in characterised bunches or “clumps” grows naively across many countries in the Global South. Still more INBAR Member States have introduced various species of clumping bamboo as a useful crop. It is widely considered less invasive that its cousin running bamboo.

The manual has been developed in response to a need in INBAR Member States to further develop technology and knowledge related to managing clumping bamboo. This knowledge gap has been identified by experts as a key reason for the as yet untapped potential of this natural resource. It covers both plantations and natural forests, which can also be sustainably exploited.

According to Trinh Thanglong, co-author of this Technical Report and Head of INBAR’s Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development (GABAR), “this manual provides the most comprehensive set of guidelines yet for the sustainable management of clumping bamboo in both natural and plantation bamboo forests. We hope that it provides practical guidance to anyone working with clumping bamboo in the field.”

For those wishing to launch or their own bamboo plantation or forest, there are several key steps, best practice for implementing each of which are covered in detail in the full report:

This Technical Report and the associated research is part of INBAR’s Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development (GABAR) Programme, which aims to quantify and map the global scope, uses and potential for bamboo and rattan for sustainable development. It was inspired by INBAR’s experience implementing bamboo development programmes in Africa, notably the Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda and the South–South Knowledge Transfer Strategies for Pro-Poor Bamboo Livelihoods in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Uganda.

Those wishing to learn more about the issues discused here can download the manual from INBAR’s resources library. If you have any specific questions related to the report, contact author Trinh Thanglong at ttlong@inbar.int.

The Manual for Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo can be cited thus: Jayaraman, D., Long, T.T. (2019) Manual for Sustainable Management of Clumping Bamboo. INBAR Technical Report 41. Beijing, China: INBAR.

Report co-author Trinh Thanglong carries out training in Cameroon

This research was funded by the CGIAR Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Programme (FTA), the world’s largest research for development programme to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security. INBAR is a key partner of FTA. For more information, please click here.