Rattan: current research issues and prospects for conservation and sustainable development | Land Portal

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December 2002
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According to an estimate made by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), the global local usage of rattan is worth US$ 2.5 billion and external trade of rattan is estimated to generate US$ 4 billion. Seven hundred million people worldwide use rattan. Most of the raw material for local processing and for supplying the rattan industry is still obtained by harvesting of unmanaged, wild rattan resources in natural tropical forests. Only a very small share is obtained from rattan plantations. The huge economic and social importance of the rattan sector is based on a fast dwindling stock of wild rattan resources available in the forests, particularly of tropical Asia, and therefore compromising its future outlook.

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