International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Updating on our Ethiopian project work

12 Jun 2017

May 23 2017 – INBAR held a workshop with the Ethiopian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) at Bishoftu, Oromia. The workshop aimed to update INBAR’s focal ministry, MoEFCC, on the status of three bamboo projects which are ongoing in the country:


His Excellency Mr. Kebede Yemam, State Minister to MoEFCC, Dr. Melese, Director General of the Biodiversity Institute, and Dr. Wubalem Tadesse, Director General of the Ethiopian Institute of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, took part in the workshop, as well as 17 department heads of the MoEFCC.

At the workshop, Dr Fu Jinhe, INBAR’s East Africa Director, and Mr. Durai Jayaraman, Project Manager for South-South Knowledge Transfer Strategies, updated attendees on the status of projects and the major advances made so far. Participants also visited Bishoftu Forest Research Center nursery site, which INBAR has been using to raise introduced bamboo species. So far 63,000 seedlings have been produced from 11 different exotic bamboo species.

The meeting was a useful one: according to H.E. Mr. Kebede, the consultation meeting would enable the Ministry to take more action on bamboo development endeavors in the country. He also added that INBAR’s support in the bamboo sector could help Ethiopia reach its aim to develop a climate-resilient green economy.