Bamboo and rattan are widely distributed across tropical and subtropical areas around the globe, and are often used as green and recyclable alternatives to unrenewable or unsustainable materials such as plastic, timber, metal and fossil fuel-based energies. As two major non-timber forest resources, bamboo and rattan play a positive role in achieving many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as poverty elimination, supply of affordable and clean energy, construction of sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production and above all, providing effective and eco-friendly solutions to adopt and mitigate climate change.
Bamboo and rattan have innumerable documented applications including ecosystem services, sustainable products and livelihood options. In particular, bamboo is an ideal material for a wide range of applications including but not limited to construction, furniture, packaging, interior design, food, textiles and chemicals. According to the latest statistics in 2017 from the UN Comtrade database, the approximate amount of bamboo and rattan trade in the global export sector is USD 1.7 billion, which only accounts for a very small part and shows huge potentials for development.
Established in 2015, ISO/TC 296 aims to facilitate the international trade of bamboo and rattan products as well as sustainable use of bamboo and rattan resources through the development of international standards. The committee currently has eight ISO standard projects under development including terminology of bamboo and bamboo products, bamboo floorings, bamboo charcoal, terminology of rattan materials and products, grading system for rattan, etc., with more proposals being contemplated and new possibilities explored to fully realize the immense potential of these two plants in making the world a better and greener place.
The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is a multilateral development organisation that promotes environmentally sustainable development using bamboo and rattan. It has 45 Member States. In addition to its Secretariat headquarters in China, INBAR has Regional Offices in Cameroon, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana and India.The mission of INBAR is to improve the well-being of producers and users of bamboo and rattan within the context of a sustainable bamboo and rattan resource base by consolidating, coordinating and supporting strategic and adaptive research and development.
Since ISO/TC 296 founding in 2015, INBAR has always been our good partner that make the cooperation between us going well and continues giving us supports. We highly acknowledge the great contribution of INBAR in raising awareness on the importance of bamboo and rattan, and encouraging its member states to join ISO/TC 296 as Participating countries(P-member).
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