The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to improving 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 to define and implement a global agenda for sustainable development through bamboo and rattan. The Kingdom of Tonga is the only member country of INBAR in the Oceania Region, which was an initiative of His Late Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
H.E. stated that His Late Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou 1V had envisaged that bamboo and rattan would play vital roles in the Tongan communities especially in people's lives and hence, it should be followed. Bamboo and rattan have graced homesteads and gardens throughout the tropics and sub-tropics for many millennia, where they have found uses on the farm and in the household, and as materials used to make thousands of products for sale to generate incomes.
INBAR is at the forefront of leading the development and implementation of innovations to help more and more people benefit from growing, processing and marketing bamboo and rattan.
H.E. said bamboo is a very important renewable resource with characteristics that make it ideal for environmental protection and climate change mitigation in Tonga, including its incredibly fast growth cycle, and its permanence as a crop, and how they can contribute to greening our urban areas.
H.E. said if Tonga could work with INBAR to plant bamboos in the outer islands, it could generate good income for the economy of the country. H.E. said that he is speaking in his role as Aspirant "bamboo-enlightened ambassador. He believes that bamboo itself is also an ambassador, an ambassador for a low-carbon, sustainable, green future for all of us, in our villages and in our rural areas.
Some of the products which could be produced out of bamboos are shown in the Pictures.
Issued by the: Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga, Beijing,China, 2011. (Photo Courtesy: Siamelie Latu)