Regional Workshop on Sustainable Development of Rattan Sector in Asia

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International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan Beijing, China July 24-30, 2005

The International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR) invites submissions for a workshop entitled, Regional Workshop on Sustainable Development of Rattan Sector in Asia to take place in Beijing, China in July/August 2005. This workshop is organised under the auspices of the International Tropical Timber Organization funded project, “Capacity building for the development of a sustainable rattan sector in China based on plantation sources” (ITTO PD 100/01 Rev. 3 (I)) with technical supports from the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR).

Background

Rattan comprises about 600 species in 13 genera. It is widely distributed in tropical Asia and the Pacific, and in Africa. The global trade of rattan products is estimated by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) to be in the range of US$ 4 billion and the domestic trade US$ 2.5 billion. These figures show the importance of rattan economy, which has become, in terms of export value, almost 40% of the trade of primary tropical timber products covered by ITTO, which is around US$ 10 billion, or 80% of the banana trade value, which is around US$ 5 billion. But the huge economics of social importance of the rattan sector is based on a fast dwindling stock of wild resources available in the forests.

It is said the business of rattan production and trade is well established in Asia, and many workshops and international seminars were held in the region during the past three decades or so. The most recently organized international event on rattan, the Regional Conference on Sustainable Development of Rattan in Asia, under the ITTO funded Pre-Project (PPD 51/02 Rev. 1 (I)) showed that Asia is still leading the production and trade in the world’s rattan industry. However there still exist a number of gaps in the knowledge covering from understanding of resource bases to utilization and marketing as well as strategies and policies of rattan sector development in Asia

Purposes of the Workshop
1        To discuss issues in R&D of rattan sector as well as direction and strategies;

2        To discover business and investment opportunities in the rattan sector in Asia;

3       To explore, exchange and update scientific and technological findings and information;

4       To provide a forum for researchers to present their projects and methodologies, state-of-the-art technologies, products and services;

5        To identify new directions and strategies in R&D of rattans; and

l         To provide a platform for key players in rattan industry and government officials to interact, network and build strategic partnerships.

Areas of interest/Themes

 Workshop submissions are encouraged that fit into one or more of the following themes of rattan industry related:

1         Assessments, management and conservation of natural resources;

2         Cultivation and plantation management;

3         Processing and utilization, especially for edible shoots;

4          Biotechnology, biodiversity and the environment;

5          Forest policies and economics;

6         Application of information technology (IT);

7          Capacity building of rattan sector.

Participation

The workshop participants could be researchers/academicians, policy makers/ government officials concerned, forest managers/foresters, NGO staff, and any Individuals involved in forest management, natural resources management, landuse planning and development, forest and forest products, forest certification and auditing and environmental policies.

Due to its interactive nature, the number of participants is limited to about 20, with roughly 20 papers that will be accepted for oral presentation.

Fees and Financial Assistance

There is a workshop fee of US$ 200 including two coffee breaks and one lunch daily, participant’s kit, abstract proceedings, welcome reception and transportation from and to airport upon arrivals and departures. This workshop fee is not applicable to participants who are successfully supported by the project.

Limited financial assistance for travel and/or per diem may be available for developing country participants, especially those who come from ITTO member countries, and preferably from both ITTO and INBAR member countries, chosen to present formal papers or otherwise contribute substantively to the workshop. Please send your request for financial assistance to the contact person of the workshop below. Participants requiring financial assistance are argued to also seek travel support from other international donor organizations.

Publication plans

A selection of papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of an international journal, possibly Journal of Bamboo and Rattan.  Additionally, an edited volume is also being considered.

Abstracts and registration

Expressions of interests, abstracts and papers should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Huang Shineng (snhuang@pub.guangzhou.gd.cn) by April 30, 2005. Accepted contributions will be notified by May 30, with further details to be provided at the time. Note that attendance of the workshop does not imply acceptance of the paper for possible publication. Likewise, papers that are not presented may also be considered for publication.

Working language

The working language of the workshop is English. Papers/abstracts written in other languages are required to translate into English by the authors.

Hotel Reservations

The Workshop Organizers highly recommended that all participants stay in the International Bamboo and Rattan Tower (a well equipped guesthouse of ICBR) during the workshop period. Those participants who want to live at other hotels are responsible for making their own hotel accommodation arrangements.

Workshop organizing committee (members to be further identified)
        ·         Prof. Jiang Zehui, President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), Chair of the Committee

        ·         Prof. Yue Yongde, Deputy Director General, ICBR

        ·         Dr. Hwan Ok Ma, Projects Manager, ITTO

        ·         Mr. Wu Zhimin, Deputy Director General, INBAR

        ·         Dr. Liu Shirong, CAF

        ·         Prof. Chen Xuhe, INBAR/ICBR

        ·         Dr. Huang Shineng, CAF (Secretary of the Committee)

        ·         Dr. Sun Qixiang, ICBR


For further information on the workshop, please contact:

Huang Shineng, PhD

Assistant Project Director & Secretary of the Workshop Organizing Committee

Research Institute of Tropical Forestry

Chinese Academy of Forestry Long Dong, Guangzhou 510520, P R China
Tel: (86-20) 8702 8675  Fax: (86-20) 8703 1622

Email: snhuang@pub.guangzhou.gd.cn