Bamboo is more important than you think in protecting biodiversity



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The International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR) is the first intergovernmental development organization to be headquartered in China. The main mission of INBAR, founded in 1997, is to promote ecologically sustainable development around the world through the use of bamboo and rattan.

During the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity held in Kunming, in southwest China’s Yunnan province, the CGTN met with Lu Wenming, director Deputy General of INBAR, and discussed the importance of bamboo and rattan in preserving biodiversity.

“There are major problems with plastics, which has led many countries to ban or restrict them and start looking for replacements,” he said. “Bamboo and rattan, especially bamboo, are good substitutes.”

Bamboo plants absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, making them useful for carbon sequestration.

Demonstration of bamboo products at the China International Trade Fair in Services, Beijing, September 4, 2021. / CFP

Bamboo products demonstration at the China International Trade Fair in Services, Beijing, September 4, 2021. / CFP

Lu told CGTN that there are tens of thousands of bamboo products, most of which can replace plastic.

“In the restaurant business, we have developed knives, forks, spoons, straws and cups. In other areas, such as electrical appliances, we have bamboo shells to replace metal and plastic shells. plastic, ”he said, adding that cooling towers in plastic power plants can also be replaced with bamboo.

Bamboo forests support biodiversity in some unique ways.

A panda eats bamboo at the Beijing Zoo, July 20, 2021. / CFP

A panda eats bamboo at the Beijing Zoo, July 20, 2021. / CFP

“Bamboo is associated with pandas because bamboo forests are both a habitat for pandas and a food source,” Lu said, explaining the differences. “Some mountain gorillas also depend on bamboo. Rattan is similar, as the Hainan gibbons depend on rattan while growing. They love the environment it provides.”

China has rich bamboo resources and a long history of use. INBAR uses Chinese funding and experiences to help other developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America by organizing training sessions.

The organization has also researched bamboo standards and classifications, Lu told CGTN.

“The ecological environment is an important basis for the survival and development of all the inhabitants of the Earth,” he said, adding that countries must work together to tackle the root of ecological and environmental problems. .

(Video by Zeng Hongen from CGTN)



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