change language:

5.11.05 - Bamboo and rattan



2nd Seminar on Bamboo Science and Technology, hosted by ICBR and Faculty of Forestry, UBC

China-Canada Joint Laboratory for Bamboo & Rattan Science & Technology was established in June 2020 by the International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan, China (ICBR) and the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Drawing on the respective strengths of ICBR and UBC Faculty of Forestry, this collaborative initiative works on the interdisciplinary, cross-regional research in the materials science of bamboo, rattan and wood, with an aim to advance the research and development of bamboo and rattan and promote the role of bamboo and rattan in global sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Joint Laboratory will host its 2nd online seminar at 9:00 am (Beijing time GMT+8), December 15, 2021, where four researchers and postgraduate students from ICBR and UBC will share their latest findings on bamboo and rattan-based materials science. This seminar is open to public and all those interested or working in this field are welcome.

Language: English

Time and Date: 09:00-11:00, December 15, 2021 (Beijing time GMT+8); 17:00-19:00, December 14, 2021 (Vancouver time GMT-8)

Feel free to join via Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 667 2904 3345
Passcode: 461500

Changhua Fang

View all entries


Changhua Fang, China

About Unit

Bamboo is one of the most important non-timber forest products. It is also an important support for the economy of developing countries, and well being of people living there. A huge advantage is that bamboo can be used on the scale of the farmer and his family, as well as on industrial scale. During its growth it contributes to the improvement of the environment.

Bamboo has a long history and a strong link with IUFRO. It is a permanent honour for IUFRO having been the cradle for the first bamboo group ever. As early as in 1980 the first workshop on bamboo was hosted by IDRC and IUFRO in Singapore. From that modest start the interest in bamboo has grown, resulting in the launch in November 1998 of INBAR, the International Network on Bamboo And rattan, as an international agency. The main function of 5.11.03 is to act as strong link between IUFRO and INBAR.

Both organisations share many fields of interest, like disaster prevention (8.03.00), carbon sequestration (1.07.00, 1.15.00 and 1.17.00), and exploitation of timber and bamboo in the natural forest (5.11.00). During the meeting of the group in August 2000 it was agreed to select a subject for each of these three areas, and to arrange for a project in co-operation between 5.11.03 and the other groups mentioned before.

In the meeting of the group during the IUFRO World Congress in August 2000 in Kuala Lumpur, the group decided to strengthen its activities, and to divide its interest into four fields (similarly as INBAR): ecological security, livelihood development, economic development, and outreach.

State of Knowledge

Under construction.