INBAR at UNFCCC COP 20 — Bamboo: a strategic resource to fight climate change

UNFCCC COP 20

INBAR at UNFCCC COP 20 — Bamboo: a strategic resource to fight climate change.

A boost for bamboo in Peru

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During a visit to the bamboo house at COP 20, Marisol Espinoza, Peru’s Vice President, offered to work to include promotion of bamboo housing in a national programme. Peru has abundant bamboo resources, and is one of two countries in Latin America with which INBAR is working on an EU-funded project to develop resilience to [...]

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Bamboo – a part of ecosystem-based strategies for CC

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At COP 20 in Peru, INBAR Director General, Dr Hans Friederich, provided new perspectives on ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation, bringing the benefits of bamboo as a ‘strategic resource’ for countries to a panel discussion at the UNEP Forum on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum. He was joined by Juan Pablo Hoffmaister, Co-chair, UNFCCC Adaptation Committee, Richard Muyungi, Head of Environmental Department, Tanzania, Tim Christophersen, Senior Programme Officer, UN-REDD, and Anand Patwardhan, Adaptation expert, GEF STAP. He gave these comments on how bamboo adds value to adaptation and mitigation strategies, to south-south collaboration.

Bamboo should be a key component of ecosystem-based strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation

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A valuable tool for climate change mitigation

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To keep global warming within a 2°C pathway – thus avoiding catastrophic climate change – we will need to cut global carbon emissions by 40–70% by 2050, yet current deals fall far short of this goal. So, how can bamboo add value to current forestry and agriculture climate change mitigation strategies and help achieve the emissions reductions we need?

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Building better resilience to climate change

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In 2008, a period of unusually cold weather decimated a large area of timber forest and bamboo in in southern China. While the plantations of Chinese fir will take decades to recover, the bamboo was producing a profitable harvest again after only three years. And INBAR research on the damage caused by snow and ice showed how to manage the bamboo for even faster recovery.

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INBAR releases policy report on bamboo to tackle climate change

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Report: Bamboo, among world’s fastest growing plants, is untapped climate change solution across Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa.

By restoring degraded lands and forests, soaking up carbon and supplying energy to millions of rural communities, bamboo can contribute to major reductions in carbon emissions. In China alone, the plant is projected to store more than one million tons of carbon by 2050.

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Bamboo – A resource of the ‘global south’

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Bamboo is often seen as an Asian plant. But in reality, with over 1250-recorded species, it is also indigenous across Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. Bamboo species are used across these regions for environmental protection, income generation and to help communities countries adapt to problems caused by changing climate patterns and to create new income sources in rural areas. Here are some recent examples:

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The growth of national bamboo policy frameworks

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New policies, regulations and decrees are emerging that support bamboo use for green growth.

As decision makers recognize the potential of bamboo, more countries are crafting bamboo policies and strategies that aim to use this versatile plant to protect against deforestation, to rehabilitate degraded lands and to combat climate change.

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China’s bamboo carbon sinks drain atmospheric carbon

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Do you remember the spectacular bamboo forest scenes in the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” over a decade ago? Fantastic, but did you know that all that action was taking place in one of the biggest bamboo carbon sinks in the world?

In China, Moso bamboo, the type that forms the green groves seen in the film, is the most important commercial bamboo and is used to produce all manner of articles, from floorboards to charcoal, and computer keyboards to clothing. It is grown in many parts of the south of the country, where it covers almost 6 million hectares.

A study by INBAR and partners has shown that young Moso forests absorb lots of carbon and do so faster than equivalent timber trees….

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INBAR at UNFCCC COP 20, Lima, Peru

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Practical solutions for countries reduce the effective of climate change.

Bamboo offers many benefits to countries, international organizations and the parties to the International Climate Change Convention. They include new sources of large-scale carbon sequestration and landscape restoration, local income generation, carbon neutral construction and local energy options that reduce deforestation.

These and other benefits of bamboo for combating climate change will be presented during the COP 20 week in Lima.

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