Topical session 'Bamboo' (Day 2, October 24)

Opening session

Chair person: Hans Friederich

Bamboo is a strategic tool with over 10,000 known uses. It can help us restore landscapes, mitigate and adapt to climate change, reduce poverty, construct safe buildings and provide a source of renewable energy. In China alone, the bamboo sector employs almost 10 million people and has an annual worth of US$ 30 billion.

The objective of this bamboo session is to provide a policy-focused dialogue on how bamboo innovations can help companies, communities and governments to meet a range of different goals.

This theme promises to be a pragmatic, policy-focused look at how this ‘green gold’ can provide innovative solutions to a number of problems facing the twenty-first century world.

Morning session

Chair person: Hans Friederich

The morning session will include short speeches from senior officials across INBAR’s Member States: China, Colombia, Ghana, India and Madagascar. These speakers will discuss their experiences using bamboo for environmental management, sustainable development and trade.

Afternoon session

Chair person: Hans Friederich

The afternoon will include an innovative ‘deep dive’ session, in which attendees will be able to engage with the six speakers in small groups, to better understand bamboo’s role for various purposes. The session will end with a policy-focused reflection on what we have heard during the day.

Policy-focused panel discussion

- Peter Wehrheim, Head of Landuse and Finance for Innovation; DG Climate Action, European Commission
- Mark Halle, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
- Luc Bas, Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) European Regional Office
- Dr. Jan E.G van Dam, Senior Researcher, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
- Mr. Mark Draeck, Industrial Development Officer, Department of Energy, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)