ITTO Rattan Project

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Title: Capacity building for the development of a sustainable rattan sector in china based on plantation sources
Funding Agency: International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
Executing Agency: International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan, China
Field: Forest industry
Duration: 48 months (2003.08-2007.07)
 

Rationale

It is estimated that the demand for rattan canes for processing and manufacturing industries in China is 40,000-50,000 tons annually. However, the total annual yield of rattan canes is less than 10,000 tons. Since the late 1990s, most of the rattan producing countries in Asia have restricted the export of rattan canes. As a result, China has suffered from a shortage of raw materials for processing and manufacturing of rattan products. There exists an urgent need for China to develop its own rattan plantations on a large scale to increase the availability of rattan canes. A preliminary study showed that about 2 million ha of tropical forest plantations and secondary forests are suitable for inter-planting rattans in tropical China.

With emphasis on taxonomy, germplasm collection, resources inventory, nursery techniques, tissue culture, plantation management, properties of rattan canes and nutrition contents of rattan shoots, research on rattans in the past in China has been comprehensive and fruitful, and this work was awarded the first prize of the National Award for Advanced Science and Technology in by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology 1996. It is now the right time to apply these research results to contribute to the development of rattan plantations in China.

The project aims at supporting capacity building for sustainable rattan development in China in order to increase the social and economic contributions of the rattan sector to the country. This will be accomplished through demonstrating different rattan plantation management schemes, and disseminating technologies for sustainable management of rattan plantations.
 

Objectives

Development Objective

The development objective of the project is to support capacity building for sustainable rattan development in China in order to increase the social and economic contributions of the rattan sector to the country. This will be accomplished through demonstrating different rattan plantation management schemes, and disseminating technologies for sustainable management of rattan plantations.

Specific Objectives

The specific objective of the project is to demonstrate the sustainable management techniques for rattan plantations in three different ecological zones and to provide guidance and training on rattan plantation management for local farmers and foresters at local communities in south China.
 

Expected Outputs

Output 1
Three demonstrations for the development and dissemination of sustainable rattan plantation and management techniques in three different ecological zones established.

Output 2
Three technical manuals for rattan cultivation, management and harvesting, and rattan cane processing published.

Output 3
Three national training courses, one on rattan tissue culture and nursery technologies, one on silviculture, plantation management and cane/shoot harvesting and processing, and one on products development and marketing for rattans organized.

Output 4
One regional course/seminar on rattan cultivation, management, utilization and marketing for Asia held.
 
For more information on this project, please visit http://www.chinarattan.org/