Contributions to the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan: new terms and conditions

Canada was integral to the founding of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) as it evolved out of an informal network of bamboo and rattan researchers, set up in 1984 by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). INBAR became an independent organization in 1997. The Canadian International Development Agency provided financial assistance to INBAR up to 2008. ECCC took over the responsibility of INBAR in 2010.

INBAR is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to improving the social, economic, and environmental benefits for producers and users of bamboo and rattan, while maintaining a sustainable resource base by supporting innovative research and development. To date, Canada is the only developed country that is a member of INBAR. Canada is also the only member of INBAR that does not have bamboo and rattan as a resource base, and is therefore a net consumer of these products.

Canada’s membership to INBAR will indirectly contribute to Canada’s commitment to sustainable development at the domestic and global levels and is expected to result in important positive environmental impacts. INBAR supports the Federal Sustainable Development goals of taking effective action on climate change, including working in concert with the international community to implement the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

INBAR conducts an annual report of its activities which is shared with Canada for comment every year. The report is comprehensive and includes details on how INBAR is contributing to alleviating poverty, supporting developing countries adapt to climate change, and promoting sustainable development. It is published every year for access to the public on its publications webpage.

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