Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan

Special event at UNFF11

Today, at UNFFF11, the benefits of bamboo and rattan for sustainable forestry are being discussed at a special event hosted by INBAR.

The panel discuss bamboo and rattan as strategic forest resources (l-r: H.E. Bebaorimisa, Madagascar; H.E. Pickersgill, Jamaica: Hans Friederich, INBAR; H.E. Zhang, China) 

The session looks at the potential of bamboo for improving the livelihoods of millions of people that live near forest ecosystems, for combating climate change and for meeting the challenges of deforestation and the need to regenerate degraded landscapes. While the benefits bamboo and rattan as ‘strategic forest resources’ for developing countries are acknowledged, much more needs to be understood and exchanged between countries to reap the maximum benefits from these plants to benefit people and forests. The special event is presenting INBAR’s Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR), an initiative and platform that aims to increase this learning and exchange of information and knowledge on bamboo and rattan. Policy leaders from China, Kenya, and Ecuador are presenting case studies giving their perspectives on bamboo and rattan for development.

In his Keynote speech, the Hon. Zhang Yongli, Vice-minister of China’s State Forestry Administration is explaining that the Chinese government places great emphasis on conservation and restoration of forest resources, including bamboo and rattan. Between 2011 – 2014, over 6m hectares of land have been reforested every year. Bamboo plays an irreplaceable role in poverty alleviation, economic development and environmental protection. China will support GABAR and to global sustainable development with bamboo and rattan by sharing the results of China’s National Forest Inventory for inclusion.
In his Keynote speech, the Hon. Zhang Yongli, Vice-minister of China’s State Forestry Administration is noting that INBAR’s GABAR initiative provides a platform for collaboration across INBAR’s 40 member states and pledges that China will contribute to it. China has invested much in bamboo – the country’s total afforested area has grown steadily for the past 30 years, and this includes much more bamboo – bamboo can play an irreplaceable role in poverty alleviation, economic development and environmental protection.

In presenting INBAR’s new initiative to gather and share critical data on the state of bamboo and rattan resources and their use the world over, as a prelude to massive development with them, Hans Friederich, INBAR’s Director General is highlighting the global potential of bamboo for green development.  He is stressing how these two unique types of plants are helping improve forest management, protect the environment and bring new income to millions of people whose livelihoods depend on forest resources. To help expand the benefits they bring, INBAR will be working with its 40 member nations under the “Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan” initiative, otherwise known as “GABAR”, to create a knowledge base of practical information, tools and policy guidance that countries and development partner can use to guide investments in bamboo and rattan for green development the world over.

Above: Vice Minister of China’s State Forestry Administration, H.E. Zhang Yongli, seen with Hans Friederich, INBAR and H.E. Pickersgill, Jamaica, discusses China’s National Resource Inventory and how it can help contribute to greater adoption of the opportunities bamboo brings to development.

Emilio N. Mugo, Director of the Kenya Forest Service is sharing the opportunities for bamboo in Kenya, where national and international bamboo experts recently convened to provide a boost to the development of a national bamboo sector policy.    With 150, 000 ha of highland bamboo, and much lowland bamboo, as well as some introduced species, Kenya is one of the most bamboo-rich nations in Africa. Work in the country is demonstrating the potential of bamboo to substitute for tobacco, and bamboo buildings have been built for demonstration and inspiration. But much more can be done.

Carla Cardenas, Advisor of the Minister of Environment, Ecuador, is looking at the future of bamboo for landscape restoration, particularly in Ecuador. Jiang Chunqian, Director of the International Farm Forestry Training Centre at the Chinese Academy of Forestry, is discussing China’s current strategy and action plan for bamboo resource assessment, a new national initiative that aims to map and quantify the bamboos of China to better plan the nations bamboo development agenda. Other nations represented at the meeting include Bhutan, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Panama and Viet Nam.



• H.E. Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change Jamaica, on behalf of the Chair of the INBAR Council: Welcome address.

• H.E. Zhang Yongli, Vice Minister, State Forestry Administration, China: keynote address.

• Hans Friederich, Director General, INBAR: The Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan.

• Emilio N. Mugo, Director, Kenya Forest Service: Opportunities for bamboo in Kenya.

• Carla Cardenas, Advisor of the Minister of Environment, Ecuador: The bamboo sector in Ecuador and the future of bamboo for landscape restoration.

 Jiang Chunqian, Director, International Farm Forestry Training Centre, Chinese Academy of Forestry: China’s strategy and action plan for bamboo resource assessment.

One Response

  1. Mike says:


    I would love to get involved in investing in bamboo or starting to grow bamboo.

    Is there any opportunity where Bamboo experts are looking for investment?


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