INBAR Summit: Bamboo & Rattan in the Green Economy International Policy Dialogue, Addis Ababa, November 2014

INBAR Summit: Bamboo and Rattan in the Green Economy

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Bamboo biomass: the bioenergy of the future?

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Once hailed as a major solution to cutting carbon emissions and slowing the pace of climate change, biomass fuels have come under increasing attack for their negative impacts in causing deforestation, land degradation and loss of biodiversity. But INBAR believes that bamboo bioenergy can offer a more sustainable solution

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Bamboo and Rattan in the Green Economy

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This summit is the first of its kind. It is an international platform for the exchange of policy approaches and science solutions aimed at harnessing bamboo and rattan for improved environmental security and income for countries. The meeting features three roundtable dialogues. The first revolves around the national policy frameworks which countries need to boost green development; the second explores the supply side of bamboo and rattan development, presenting the latest private sector trends in bamboo development, with lessons from African and Asian entrepreneurs; the third looks at the role of bamboo in landscape restoration.

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Cameroon reiterates its support for bamboo and rattan

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In a speech at the INBAR Summit, Denis Koulagna Koutou, Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife of the Government of Cameroon, offered Cameroon’s support for bamboo and rattan as it implements its Non-Timber Forestry Products national plan.

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Bamboo and rattan and the Green Economy

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Addis Ababa, November 5, 2014. Policy and science leaders in sustainable development, agriculture and environment meet today in Addis Ababa to debate the benefits of bamboo and rattan; two plants that are a strategic resource that can help African countries meet sustainable development targets, combat climate change and reverse land degradation – improving the lives of millions of people.

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Bamboo and rattan can help to drive the green economy

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Non-timber forest products such as bamboo and rattan can play a significant role in green economic development. In recent years, the concept of the green economy has emerged as a potential remedy to some of the key failures that have characterised the traditional development model over the past few decades.

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Summit agenda

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The benefits of bamboo and rattan for green growth are evident, but their successful application is less well-known. Ethiopia has pioneered bamboo-based development and stands as an example for many other countries in Africa. The summit brings together decision makers, industry leaders, researchers and development practitioners from around the world to help define an agenda for bamboo and rattan-based development in Africa and around the world. Join the discussion!

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