How can bamboo and rattan contribute to South-South cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals?

Our world today faces a set of fundamental challenges. Poverty, climate change, unsustainable resource use and ecosystem degradation pose serious threats to human wellbeing and our environment. They also slow the pace of development. In a world where 800 million people live in poverty and 1.1 billion have no access to electricity, how can we bring about development and growth in an environmentally sustainable way?

Solving these problems requires new approaches, from people across very different sectors and between countries. It also involves ‘green tools’: nature-based solutions which can help lift people out of poverty while protecting the environment, stimulating genuinely green growth.

This year, INBAR and China’s State Forestry Administration are hosting the world’s first international, policy-focused conference on how these green tools can benefit sustainable development. The theme is Enhancing South-South Cooperation for Green Development through Bamboo and Rattan’s Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Participants can expect three days of vibrant discussion by leading lights from sustainability and green growth, at BARC 2018 conference centre in Beijing, China. One of the congress speakers will be CPI’s very own Jaya Wahono