16 Dec 2013

Asian Nations Meet in New Delhi to Discuss the Role of Bamboo and Rattan in Pro-Poor Green Development

Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of State for Environment & Forests
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of State for Environment & Forests inaugurated the Asia Regional Workshop on Bamboo and Rattan here today. 

The three day workshop is being organized by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

The basic objective of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to exchange and disseminate the scientific, technical , and human resource potential for inclusive development based on Bamboo and Rattan resources in the Asia region. 

Inauguration the workshop Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan highlighted the importance of bamboo in India’s rural growth and in alleviating poverty. She further highlighted the possibilities of Bamboo and Rattan as essential tools in meeting Asia’s rural development goals by providing sustainable livelihood as well as in combating the effects of climate change. 

In her opening address, INBAR’s Director General , Ms Coosje Hoogendoorn , noted the role of Bamboo as an important tool for poverty alleviation and green growth. She also stressed the importance of South-South cooperation and collaboration. 

The workshop is being attended by representatives of the member countries of INBAR of Asia region which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal , Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

 The deliberations at the workshop are designed to charter a roadmap for the Bamboo and Rattan sector for the next decade. 

This workshop aims to bring together officials, scientists and business leaders from Asian countries with interest in the potential of the sector for inclusive and green development as well as to discuss and deliberate on important issues relating to the sector in various technical sessions. 


The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1997 with its headquarters in Beijing, China . It has 39 member countries including India. INBAR is dedicated to improving the social , economic and environmental benefits of Bamboo and Rattan. 

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