The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) brings a core message to the World Forestry Congress: “Bamboo and rattan are strategic forest resources and could be key drivers of global green economies – helping to generate income for rural communities, strengthen resilience against the effects of climate change, and conserve increasingly scarce natural resources.”
However, this potential will only be realized if bamboo is included in national development strategies and international initiatives.
Bamboo – a practical, cost-effective response to deforestation and land degradation
Bamboo should be included in ‘multiple-use’ forest management strategies since it provides a reliable, fast-growing, and cost-effective alternative to timber – thereby helping to reduce pressures on trees and conserve already depleted forests.
A new knowledge base for bamboo and rattan – introducing the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR)
GABAR is a knowledge base of practical information, tools and policy guidance related to bamboo and rattan production for sustainable development, raising the profile of these strategic resources and demonstrating their benefits for job creation, private sector development, value chains for rural areas, rapid landscape restoration approaches, and climate smart activities being applied today at national and village level.
Bamboo, rattan, and the Sustainable Development Goals
As the international community moves towards the post-2015 development agenda, INBAR is working with its member countries to promote the important benefits that bamboo and rattan can bring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Six of the 17 SDGs are directly relevant to bamboo- and rattan-producing countries and their green development plans – targeting poverty reduction, energy, housing and urban development, sustainable production, climate change and land degradation.
Strengthening forest-water interactions
Can bamboo help conserve water resources in forest environments? We at the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan believe so. On-going studies suggest that bamboo has a high water absorption capacity, a canopy that can reduce evapo-transpiration and conserve soil moisture, and a dense root system that enhances water infiltration.
The case for bamboo is being presented by INBAR at the International Forest and Water Dialogues, starting Day 2 of the World Forestry Congress 2015.