The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) was founded in 1997 as an intergovernmental organisation, with a mission to “improve the wellbeing of producers and users of bamboo and rattan within the context of a sustainable bamboo and rattan resource base by consolidating, coordinating and supporting strategic and adaptive research and developments.” Currently, INBAR works within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, promoting the use of bamboo for goals including poverty alleviation, environmental protection and climate change mitigation.
INBAR is a multilateral development organisation of 45 Member States for the promotion of bamboo and rattan. In addition to its Secretariat headquarters in China, INBAR has Regional Offices in Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana and India. Almost all of INBAR’s Member States are bamboo- and rattan-producing countries from the Global South, making INBAR an important mechanism for South-South cooperation.
INBAR is an Observer to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. In 2017, it became an Observer to the UN General Assembly.
INBAR is also the International Commodity Body for bamboo and rattan under the Common Fund for Commodities, and works closely with the International Organization for Standardization, supporting the establishment and promotion of manufacturing standards for bamboo and rattan products.
For more information about INBAR’s structure, please read our Governance page.
For more information about INBAR’s work with bamboo and rattan, please read here.