Managing natural resources: Win-win solutions improve livelihoods and the land

October 28, 2010
IDRC Communications

Healthy environments. Access to natural resources. The balance between these two is a key issue in many developing countries. For 40 years, IDRC-supported researchers have come up with innovative ways both to reduce poverty and protect the natural resources on which communities depend.

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Resilient bamboo and rattan anchor environmental revival

Bamboo and rattan are at the centre of major initiatives in Asia, Africa, and Latin America that are combatting global warming, fighting soil erosion, protecting forests, and enhancing communities’ access to water.

When IDRC first supported pioneering research on these plants in 1979, the world knew little of their positive environmental potential. But this is changing thanks to work undertaken by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), created by IDRC in the early 1990s as an extension of earlier IDRC-sponsored research.