6th Council meeting of INBAR begins tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) The 6th Council meeting of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) begins here tomorrow, -- the first time outside its headquarters in China.

The meeting will provide guidance for future thrust of INBAR activities. INBAR has 34 member countries at present, including 13 in Africa, 10 each in Asia and America and one in Oceania.

As an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to improve the social, economic, and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan, INBAR connects a global network of partners from the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors in over 50 countries.

Following a global overview of the bamboo and rattan sector by the Director General of INBAR, there will be a thematic discussion on the INBAR membership benefit package developed on the basis of survey findings. There will also be discussions on capacity building and training, technology transfer, project development, fund raising and implementation and information dissemination.

The INBAR council has approved the accession of a new member state, Suriname, in January last. The agreement is open for signature by any member state of the United Nations or its specialised agencies.

An estimated 8.96 million ha. forest area in the country contains bamboo. In fact, India is second richest country in terms of bamboo genetic diversity having 124 indigenous and exotic species. The present usage of bamboo is to the tune of Rs. 2043 crore in the country. According to estimates, the size of the industry is expected to grow by 2.2 times amounting to Rs 4,463 crore as of today.

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