6th International Bamboo and Guadua Symposium – SIBGUADUA «Consolidating Regions from the Middle of the World»

Bamboo is a poacea (giant grass) and is extremely versatile; easily adapting to different climates and soil conditions. It is a strategic resource which has garnered increasing interest in recent decades due to a number of applications that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). With a record of more than 1640 species, and a world trade of over 60 billion dollars, as well as its contribution in generating jobs, increasing income, providing ecosystem services and as an alternative to address climate change, it is positioned as a high quality resource for the development of the countries of the southern hemisphere.

 

In this context, much research and advancement on the use of this resource has been developed worldwide in recent years; it is becoming a priority to consolidate this knowledge to boost our regions and thus locate bamboo as the central axis for development and innovation.

 

The sixth International Bamboo and Guadua Symposium – SIBGUADUA «Consolidating Regions from the Middle of the World» will take place in the city of Quito, Ecuador from October 22nd to 24th, 2019, in the facilities of the Central University of Ecuador that will act as the host venue for the event. The organizers, who will participate actively in this symposium, are: the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation- INBAR, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, the National University of Colombia, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia, the Central University of Ecuador, the University of the Armed Forces-ESPE, the Regional Amazonian University «IKIAM», the Sectorial Table of the Bamboo of Ecuador and the International Society of Bamboo and Guadua – SIBGuadua. Likewise, there will be strategic allies and sponsors related to the bamboo sector worldwide. (www.sibguadua.org/6simposio/)

SYMPOSIUM THEMES In the 6th SIBGUADUA, the following themes will be addressed:

 THEME 1: Bamboo and Development

Bamboo contributes in at least 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), these being SDGs 1, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17. The inclusion of bamboo in policies, strategies and sustainable development programs, environment and climate change, allows possibilities to increase for complying with national and international commitments and planning towards a better development model, framed in a circular economy. This axis will address the issues of contribution of bamboo in public policy, considering the incidence of the use and sustainable use of bamboo, and the development potential for each of the links in the production chain, from the economic and social perspectives.

THEME 2: Bamboo and Environment

Bamboo is an integral part of many natural and agricultural ecosystems, providing a wide variety of ecosystem services. Its benefits include its use as a local source of economic and renewable energy, carbon capture and fixation, minimum carbon footprint in its use, rapid restoration of degraded soils, conservation of biodiversity and its protection of watersheds, among others. This symposium will address the most relevant issues related to environmental aspects, considering recent data and research, and its relationship with our countries.

THEME 3: Bamboo and Habitat

Bamboo has accompanied human beings since prehistory, variously used as an element of housing and equipment. The characteristics of human dynamics require an integral view of all the necessary components to generate a sustainable habitat; looking for an adequate balance between social, environmental, economic and institutional factors that condition the harmonious development of a population in a given territory. In this axis, topics that relate bamboo with social housing, sustainable rural habitats, the growth of cities, the new urban agenda, green cities, the relationship between the countryside and cities, and others will be addressed.

THEME 4: Bamboo and Innovation

Technology develops at a rapid pace; thus, populations demand. The innovative processing applied to the development of new products derived from bamboo can mark a before and an after in the progress of a nation. This axis will address the issues related to new products, new processes, and also new perspectives of development of bamboo products, their uses and their relationship with markets. In addition, within this thematic axis we seek to exalt the necessary interconnection between academia and private enterprise, in pursuit of international markets.