Five middle level staff members of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) recently returned from Beijing, China where they participated in a seminar conducted by the International Network of Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) aimed at building the human capacity of developing countries that are implementing programs in the bamboo and rattan forest sector.
The goal of the seminar was to promote sustainability and enhance the capacity of beneficiary countries by improving their methods of production in order to create a green economy and mitigate the high risk of climate change, an FDA release said.
Participants were educated about the history of China’s bamboo and rattan forest sector reform, transformation, and programs developed over the years that led to the positive achievements of the sector.
China has been able to economically transform the lives of rural dwellers as a result of the policies and programs established through a bottom to top approach. Such an approach is leading China into industrial technology by giving other nations access to their market. Today China is not only looking at timber production in the forestry sector, but it is also promoting the bamboo and rattan forest sector. This national endeavor has contributed immensely to the GDP of China and has reduced the unemployment level in the highest producing region, Anji County, the FDA release indicated.
Seminar participants also had the opportunity of traveling to state owned bamboo forests and visited some famous historical sites in China. Liberia was among 13 countries which benefited from the seminar.
FDA/Liberia was represented by Emmanuel Lewis, Philip Wheyee, Amelia Teage, and Gertrude Facko, who expressed their thanks and appreciation to the government of China for the opportunity given them to gain what they called ‘appropriate knowledge’ in the bamboo and rattan forest sector.