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INBAR’s Proposed Vision on Bamboo and Rattan for ASEAN Sustainable Development

Announced during the Event on Bamboo and Rattan
for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia
Philippines Embassy, Beijing, China
April 21, 2017

Background:

The theme for World Earth Day 2017 on April 22 is Environmental and Climate Literacy. This vision
highlights the opportunities for bamboo and rattan to play a key role in addressing climate
change and promoting sustainable development among ASEAN’s ten member states, six of
whom are members of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR). As bamboo
and rattan are plentiful among at least nine of ASEAN’s ten members, these resources represent
a unique opportunity to promote ASEAN centrality during the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.
Furthermore, ASEAN member states together account for approximately 20% (USD393 million) of
the global trade in bamboo and rattan. Bamboo and rattan can therefore be a real driver for
green growth and sustainable development.

Vision: Bamboo and Rattan for ASEAN Sustainable Development

1 Recalling that the Strategic Plan of Action for ASEAN Co-operation in Forestry (2016-2025)
calls for the necessity of adopting sustainable management practices for non-wood forest
products, such as bamboo and rattan;
2 Recognisingthat bamboo can contribute significantly to achieving many of the social,
economic and environmental objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
3 Furthermore, noting that bamboo is a climate-smart resource that adds value to forestry
and agriculture strategies via mitigation, adaptation, landscape restoration, and rural
income and livelihoods;
4 Pointing to the fact that bamboo and rattan are sustainable replacements for higher
carbon emissions materials and serves as an excellent carbon sink;
5 Underscoring that bamboo-based renewable energy shows great potential;
6 Underlining bamboo’s 10,000 documented uses for products that create jobs and
contribute to sustainable livelihoods;
7 And whereas bamboo can provide affordable, resilient infrastructure to disaster-prone
communities in Southeast Asia,
8 Acknowledging that many ASEAN countries have yet to realise the full potential of these

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call for investment and the establishment of value chains with access to local. ASEAN member states. which species are present. and global policies in order for our countries to reach the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goal targets. and ASEAN-UN Action Plan on Environment and Climate Change 2016-2020. together with INBAR and the ASEAN Secretariat. together with INBAR. technical capacity. ASEAN member states call upon all countries to consider the benefits of joining INBAR and its existing 42 member states. 3. commit to developing appropriate policy frameworks that support the sustainable management of bamboo and rattan resources. detailed inventories. and that much of the expertise required to manage and develop these resources resides in Asia. including six ASEAN states. the ASEAN Post 2015 Strategic Plan on Environment (ASPEN). 9 Recognising that bamboo and rattan are strategic natural resources for South-South cooperation that grow predominantly in the Global South close to millions of rural communities. what ecosystem services they provide. and supportive policy and finance environments. which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of opportunities and challenges. commit to strengthen the role of bamboo and rattan in national. INBAR calls for the following actions. 4. 2. together with INBAR. and the production and trade of bamboo and rattan goods. pledge to do natural capital accounting so that they know where their main bamboo and rattan forests are. together with INBAR. regional. ASEAN member states. ASEAN member states call for identifying easily scalable and replicable projects that can be spread among INBAR member states as best practices using bamboo and rattan. including the ASEAN Action Plan on Joint Response to Climate Change (AAP-JRCC). resources due to a lack of awareness. Green Climate Fund (GCF).inbar. regional. 5. ASEAN member states. 6. together with INBAR. the ASEAN Forging Ahead Together 2025. implementation of sustainable forest management. and an information and knowledge sharing platform. 8. and China’s South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change funding mechanisms. including through the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 12 And further recognising that this effort will require partners to mobilise resources. policy and strategy recommendations. Global Environment Facility (GEF). ASEAN member states pledge to use this vision as a framework for launching a political www. 10 Underscoring the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR). 11 Pointing to the utility of bamboo and rattan for implementing the ASEAN Community Roadmap 2009-2015. and where there are opportunities for use in reforestation and landscape restoration. the development of local industry. and recommends the following: 1. Recommendations The INBAR Secretariat commits to establishing a Southeast Asia Regional Office in order to have a dedicated presence in Southeast Asia to advance the sustainable use of bamboo and rattan in the region. 9. ASEAN member states.int . 7. aim to identify where bamboo and rattan could be incorporated into national programmes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). to support reaching these targets. ASEAN member states resolve to work together and with INBAR to jointly mobilise resources. and international markets via standards setting.and quality control. ASEAN member states.

please contact: Saurabh Upadhyay. International Communications Specialist: cking@inbar. private. including 6 members of ASEAN: Thailand. Global Policy Officer: dmejia@inbar. INBAR plays a unique role in supporting its members to find and demonstrate innovative ways of using bamboo and rattan to protect environments and biodiversity. INBAR connects a global network of partners from the government. Viet Nam.int Charlotte King. -END- NOTES International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) INBAR is a multilateral development organisation of 42 Member States for the promotion of bamboo and rattan. and alleviate poverty. commitment during an official ASEAN meeting in 2017. Acting Director.int www. Malaysia. International Communications: supadhyay@inbar. the Philippines and Myanmar.int . For INBAR Policy. Indonesia. please contact: Daniel Mejia.int For INBAR Communications. and not-for-profit sectors to define and implement a global agenda for sustainable development with bamboo and rattan.inbar.