The annual Beijing-based training for bamboo and rattan development begins
8 June 2018 – The Seminar on Bamboo and Rattan for Poverty Alleviation and Social Development for Developing Countries 2018 opened today in Beijing, China.
The seminar, which is funded by China’s Ministry of Commerce and run by INBAR and the International Bamboo and Rattan Centre, aims to study bamboo and rattan’s potential to alleviate poverty and promote environmentally sustainable economic development. Almost 40 officials from INBAR Member states will attend the Seminar, including representatives from Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia, East Timor, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It will take place over 20 days, from 8 to 28 June.
Bamboo and rattan are strategic resources for a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the seminar will focus on INBAR’s experiences using bamboo and rattan for poverty alleviation – covering policymaking, the application of innovative technologies, and market development.
The seminar will combine lectures from experts across China with a field visit to a bamboo-producing region of the country. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (taking place 25 to 27 June in Beijing), and take part in wider discussions with a broad range of representatives from the private sector, governments, research institutions and development organisations, which use bamboo and rattan for socio-economic development or as a sustainable alternative to other materials.
INBAR and its sister organisation, the International Bamboo and Rattan Centre, organise awareness-raising events and training courses several times in the year. In 2017, this training and capacity-building work was recognised as one of INBAR’s main mechanisms for South-South cooperation, and is featured in the report ‘Inspiring Sustainable Development with Bamboo’, co-produced by INBAR and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation. Overall, the report estimated that INBAR has trained up to 25,000 people in bamboo and rattan management and utilization since its founding in 1997.