Celebrating World Bamboo Day 2021
INBAR Regional Offices marked World Bamboo Day on 18 September with a variety of awareness-raising activities.
INBAR’s East Africa Office organised several events in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to pay tribute to bamboo and the sector for bringing about rural livelihood diversification, food security, jobs, and more sustainable environmental management.
In Ethiopia, more than 500 farmers attended a ceremony to plant 4500 bamboo seedlings in Sidama and Southern regional states. The event was broadcast on regional TV stations. The Office also hosted a workshop in Addis Ababa about bamboo furniture, which was attended by 20 bamboo small- to medium-sized enterprises as well as several government agencies.
In Kenya, more than 1000 people, including government agencies, farmer cooperatives, the Kenya Bamboo Association, and private bamboo companies, took part in an event on ‘Bamboo for Water and Livelihoods’. The celebration involved a ‘bamboo awareness’ fun run, a bamboo fashion show, planting bamboo seedlings (see featured image), and an exhibition of bamboo products, which included furniture, woven products, handicrafts, engineered products, shoots, and seedlings.
In Uganda, INBAR staff, in collaboration with the Uganda Industrial Research Institute and National Forestry Authority, organised a webinar on the uses for bamboo in agribusiness and forestry. The webinar brought 60 participants from bamboo businesses, as well as research institutions and government agencies, to share research, activities and ideas, and launch new partnerships.
In Ghana, INBAR’s West Africa Office collaborated with the Okyeman Environment Foundation to plant more than 2000 bamboo seedlings along the Birim River. The river, which is an important water source for many people, has seen destruction of riparian vegetation as a result of decades of unsustainable logging and illegal mining. Bamboo is being used to help restore the riverbank vegetation and reduce the risk of landslides. Before the planting exercise, which took place in the Akyem Abuakwa Kingdom region of Ghana, INBAR staff were invited to meet the Queen of the Kingdom, Nana Adutwumwaa Dokua, and introduced INBAR’s work. Nana Adutwumwaa Dokua welcomed INBAR’s delegation and said the Akyem Abuakwa State was ready to collaborate with partners to restore degraded lands with bamboo.
INBAR staff were also busy in Latin America and the Caribbean, with beneficiaries of the Bambuzonía project in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru taking part in various activities for World Bamboo Day.
In Colombia, INBAR staff led a Guadua bamboo planting event in La Macarena region and the municipality of Florencia, in Caquetá. Meanwhile in the Huamboya canton of Morona Santiago province, and the San Isidro parish in Pastaza province, Ecuador, more than 200 Dendrocalumus asper bamboo plants were delivered to reforest various areas. Pirina Shakaim, the Deputy Mayor of Huamboya, commented on the importance of bamboo: “We are sowing life, we are sowing the future.” And on the coast, students at the new Manabi Construction Workshop School started work preparing to build a new structure for their bamboo school. And in San Martín, Peru, more than 3500 chusquines were propagated at a municipal nursery, and a bamboo plantation was cleaned in Junín, Satipo province.