5.11.05 - Bamboo and rattan
The Second Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2022)
Beijing,China, 7-8 November 2022
In order to promote the green economic development using bamboo and rattan and contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Second Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2022) will be held at the Beijing International Convention Centre on 7-8 November 2022. Co-hosted by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (NFGA), BARC 2022 will bring together representatives from governments, research institutes, international and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the media, to discuss the development of bamboo and rattan. In view of the requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic, BARC 2022 will be held in a hybrid format, with sessions both online and in-person, with in-person participation open only to guests currently residing in mainland China. BARC 2022 will continue the important legacy of the first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress that was held in 2018.
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.
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