Our Work

Bamboo and rattan are integral to the lives of 1.5 billion people, or around a quarter of the present world population. Many millions more use them to furnish their homes and in their businesses.

Yet, despite this, few people are aware of the huge potential for these fast-growing plants to provide a sustainable way out of poverty and a stable source of income for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The increasing number of products that can be made from them also offer alternative solutions for sustainable living in developed countries, with their ability to complement higher value wood products and rehabilitate degraded or scarred industrial land just a few of their potential uses.

To realise this potential, INBAR seeks to optimise and adapt new and existing development models in order to accommodate local resources, products, markets, cultures, financing, and policy through:

  • Demonstration projects;
  • Training and advocacy;
  • Policy advice and research;
  • Product and market innovation.

Project Highlights

Biodiversity Conservation in Natural Bamboo Forests

The project established three sites in China to demonstrate innovative management practices and technologies to protect biodiversity and endangered bamboo species in plantation Moso bamboo forests and natural Qiongzhuea bamboo forests. Together with project partners, INBAR created a portfolio of technologies, practices, and strategies to integrate biodiversity conservation in bamboo forest management.  The project helped [...]

Flood-resistant Bamboo Housing

In partnership with government, universities, the private sector, and local communities, INBAR is demonstrating how elevated bamboo houses can be used to help flood-prone communities in Ecuador and Peru adapt to climate change-induced rises in sea level. INBAR is working to incorporate new, improved elevated bamboo housing designs into local bamboo building supply chains, such [...]

Bamboo as Sustainable Biomass Energy

This four-year INBAR project is the first initiative to develop bamboo firewood and charcoal as an alternative to timber charcoal in Ghana and Ethiopia. The programme is based on a South-South exchange of knowledge and technology from Asia to Africa. It introduces bamboo charcoal as well as training and capacity building activities for sustainable management [...]

Eco-Friendly, Pro-Poor Bamboo Production

A massive earthquake wreaked unimaginable devastation in Sichuan Province in May 2008, claiming over 80,000 lives and leaving over 5.5 million homeless and displaced.  The damage was catastrophic, leaving a huge demand for re-construction materials. Adding to the challenges,  Sichuan has a growing population of over 80 million people and annual GDP growth of 9%, which [...]