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Bamboo and rattan can play a role in poverty alleviation

Updated: Dec 10, 2013 03:07:04pm
New Delhi, Dec 10 (KNN)  Representatives of several Asian nations are currently here to discuss the role of bamboo and rattan in pro-poor green development.
The three day workshop is being organized by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, according to an official notification.

“The basic objective of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to exchange and disseminate the scientific, technical, and human resource potential for inclusive development based on Bamboo and Rattan resources in the Asia region,” it said.

Inaugurating the Asia Regional Workshop on Bamboo and Rattan today, Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, highlighted the importance of bamboo in India’s rural growth and in alleviating poverty.
She also underlined the possibilities of bamboo and rattan as essential tools in meeting Asia’s rural development goals by providing sustainable livelihood as well as in combating the effects of climate change.

Also speaking on the occasion, INBAR’s Director General, Coosje Hoogendoorn, noted the role of Bamboo as an important tool for poverty alleviation and green growth. She also stressed the importance of South-South cooperation and collaboration.

Representatives of the member countries of INBAR of Asia region which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are present at the workshop.
The deliberations at the workshop will help design a roadmap for the Bamboo and Rattan sector for the next decade.
The workshop brings together officials, scientists and business leaders from Asian countries with interest in the potential of the sector for inclusive and green development as well as to discuss and deliberate on important issues relating to the sector in various technical sessions.

With 39 member countries including India, INBAR is an intergovernmental organization established in 1997 with its headquarters in Beijing, China.
It is dedicated to improving the social, economic and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan. (KNN/ES)


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