IISD : Highlights for Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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The final day of the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2018) focused on technology innovations and business. Scientists and entrepreneurs presented their work in developing high-performance bamboo-based materials that have been used in a wide variety of settings, for example, in building construction, transportation, and power utility poles. Participants also discussed the social aspects of bamboo and rattan in livelihoods and women’s empowerment. The International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) Taskforce on Rattan Uses and Development launched a publication on ‘Rattan Terminologies,’ which provides a common lexicon for users.
At the closing ceremony, Hans Friederich, Director-General, INBAR, announced several outcomes of BARC 2018, including a commitment by the Netherlands to lend support to a new phase of the Dutch-Sino-East Africa project, and several projects in the areas of training and biodiversity protection.
Friederich also announced that the Beijing Declaration had in principle been agreed upon by all members of INBAR, and that the Secretariat would circulate an updated version in coming weeks.
Li Nuyun, China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF), offered to offset the carbon emissions generated by participants’ travel to the Congress through a bamboo planting project in Yunnan province, China, and Friederich expressed satisfaction that the Congress can claim to be a genuinely carbon-neutral conference. He also presented an award to a representative of the volunteers who had supported the Congress, recognizing their contribution to making the Congress a success.
Jiang Zehui, INBAR Co-Chair, congratulated all concerned on the success of the Congress, which had attracted ministerial-level delegates from over 30 countries. Peng Youdong, National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NGFA), expressed confidence that the Congress discussions would contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. INBAR Co-Chair William J.C. Hutchinson declared the Congress closed at 4.59 pm.
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