Member Countries

INBAR is an intergovernmental organization established by treaty deposited with the United Nations. Membership in INBAR is open to all States which are members of the United Nations or of its specialized agencies and regional organizations constituted by sovereign States accepting the mission and purposes of INBAR.  By August 2014, 40 countries had acceded to INBAR’s  Establishment Agreement: Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, The Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Venezuela and Vietnam

With the exception of Canada, all of these countries have major bamboo and/or rattan resource bases, and a considerable population of disadvantaged people living in conjunction with them, and who could use them to improve their lives and livelihoods.

Procedural Steps for Joining INBAR

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an intergovernmental international organization whose members are sovereign States. It was founded by nine states in November 1997 with a mission pillared by environmental conservation, poverty alleviation and industrial promotion. As of August 2014, INBAR had 40 member countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam.

The steps for applying for membership of INBAR are based on the Agreement on the Establishment of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR Treaty).  Joining INBAR requires more than just an interest at the technical level. The acceding country must agree to the INBAR Treaty, which requires a formal political decision of the Government. The procedural steps are as follows:

  1. The Government of the applying country must notify INBAR in written form about its decision to apply for INBAR membership and indicate that it agrees to the terms of INBAR Establishment Agreement. The person writing the letter must have the authority to speak on behalf of his or her Government.
  2. The Chair of INBAR Council will then send a letter to each Council member soliciting approval in a set period of time (usually two months). After the set period, those Council members who have not replied will be considered approving.
  3. When the application is approved by the simple majority of the Council, a letter of congratulations from the Chair of the INBAR Council will be sent to the applying government. The depository of the INBAR Establishment Agreement (the Host Government of China) shall maintain a record of accession and communicate it to all INBAR Party members.
  4. According to Article 21 of the Establishment Agreement, “in the event that the internal legislation of a signatory Party requires it to ratify the Agreement, the Agreement, with respect to that Party, shall enter into force on the first day of the month commencing after the date of receipt by the Depository of its instrument of ratification”

 

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