- Pakistan is going to become a full member of INBAR to increase bamboo production
- International Network on Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an international organization
- Almost every country of SAARC is a member of INBAR excluding Afghanistan and Pakistan
The government of Pakistan is making a move by joining International Network on Bamboo and Rattan aiming to increase the production of bamboo. India has joined INBAR since 1998. From the political point of view, Pakistan was already missing its place in the organization.
International Network on Bamboo and Rattan abbreviated as (INBAR) is an international organization that encourages sustainable use of bamboo and rattan as well as aims to assist eco-friendly solution.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has given an estimation about the increased rate of bamboo production. In 1992, the bamboos were being cultivated on an area of almost 9,000 hectares, which accelerated up to 20,000 till 2010.
Certain factors that caused increased production of bamboo were the United States war in Afghanistan, the catastrophic earthquake of 2005 followed by floods during 2010.
According to reported news, Prime Minister Imran khan visited Beijing china on the 3rd of November 2018, and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed up as a joint collaboration between two countries. The signatory groups included the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China and the Climate Change Ministry of Pakistan. The Climate Change Division informed the cabinet of Pakistan about the Memorandum of Understanding. The aim of this collaboration is to focus on the area of concern.
The two groups arranged a first meeting in Beijing on 26 of March 2019. The meeting was followed by the fourth article of MoU.
INBAR was found in 1997 that included 47 countries excluding Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Memorandum of Understanding considered full membership of Pakistan in INBAR as a part of the agreement.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry also announced the suggestion of the Pakistani Embassy to become a full member of INBAR. Pakistan might take advantage of INBAR resources later.
Bamboo has a greater capacity to absorb carbon than other trees. Pakistan started growing more bamboo after 1971. The bamboos are effective against environmental issues such as air pollution, global warming, etc.
The consideration of Pakistan to join INBAR as the full member is also backed up by the Finance Division.
The summarized report presented to the federal cabinet by the Climate Change Division has got approval. The report highlighted Instruments of Accession supported by an Agreement on the Establishment of INBAR. The Climate Change Division sought approval of the report from the cabinet with $8000 annual fees to get full membership of INBAR.
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