The First Ibero-Bamboo Symposium aims to reach a wide range of European stakeholders with the benefits of bamboo and its contributions in various areas that help meet sustainable development objectives and the Paris Agreement, encouraging new partnerships, programmes and research on bamboo applications in European markets. Participants and speakers come from a wide range of sectors in European and bamboo-producing countries, including international experts, policy makers and representatives of the private sector.


Topics covered:

Module 1: Outlining the legislative framework

Module 2: Enabling conditions

Module 3: Sustainable construction

Module 4: The future of bamboo in Europe

Participation is free of charge until full capacity is reached. To attend the symposium please fill out the form contained in this link.

***Note: the CAPACITY IS COMPLETE, you can register to enter the waiting list

Conference timetable


  • 08:00 -08:45 | Registration – Please be seated by 8:50


  • 8.55-9.00 | Opening Ceremony – Opening remarks

Moderated by: Mr. Borja de la Peña Escardo, Responsible of global policies of INBAR.


9:00 – 9:30 |

  • An introduction to INBAR, bamboo, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

H.E. Mr. Ali Mchumo, Director General of INBAR

  • Introduction to ICBR

Mr. Qin Daochun, Director of Science and Technology, International Center for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR), China National Forestry and Grassland Administration

  • Bamboo as an environmental technology

Prof. Antonio Guerreiro de Brito, President, Instituto Superior de Agronomia (University of Lisbon)

  • Bamboo production technology developed in the EU and adapted to its environments

Mr. Yves Crouzet, CEO of Bambuparque


Module 1: Shaping the policy Framework
How can bamboo address global challenges?


  • 9:30 – 9:40 | How can bamboo contribute to mitigate European environmental challenges? The Chinese context

H.E. Mr. Lyu Fan, Ambassador of China to Spain

  • 9:40 – 9:50 | The importance of an Ibero-American collective strategy to use bamboo as a key tool in their efforts to combat climate change

H.E. Mrs. Carmenza Jaramillo, Ambassador of Colombia to Hungary

  • 9:50 – 10:00 | Bamboo development in Ecuador

H.E. Mr. Cristobal Roldán, Ambassador of Ecuador to Spain

  • 10:00 – 10:10 | UN-Habitat housing policy: Opportunities to promote affordable and green solutions by innovating in building materials and construction.

Christophe Lalande, Leader, Housing Unit, UN Habitat

  • 10:10 – 10:20 | “Trendy bamboo” a plant that cares about the planet, empowers the growers and loves consumers.”

Michel Abadie , President of the World Bamboo Organisation.

  • 10:20 – 10:30| Bamboo in the Biobased Economy – study

Arjan van der Vegte , MOSO R&D manager


  • 10:30 – 10:40 | Legislation procedures to plant bamboo in Spain

Mrs. Silvia Capdevila , Deputy Director General of Herbaceous crops and olive oil, Ministry of Agriculture of Spain

Module 2: Enabling favourable market conditions
How can equitable conditions be established in the EU, Ibero-American and Asian markets?


  • 10:40 – 10:55 | The European Bamboo Plantation Program

Dr. Hans Friederich, Senior Advisor, BambooLogic

  • 10:55 – 11:10 | Bamboo housing and the Arauclima Project

Rafael Ruipérez, AECID Ecuador

  • 11:10 – 11:25 | Generating alliances for a sustainable bamboo market in Spain

Javier Fernández Candela, Director General of COPADE

  • 11:25– 11:40 | Sustainable bamboo management and producing communities

Paulina Soria, National Coordinator, FSC Ecuador

11:40 – 12:00 Coffee Break

Module 3: Sustainable Construction


  • 12:00 – 12:15| Towards contemporary bamboo architecture

Mauricio Laverde, Architect, Studio Cardenas Conscious Design, Milán

  • 12:15 – 12:30 |Life-cycle analysis of imported bamboo in Europe


  • 12:30– 12:45 | Techniques for using bamboo in construction

Greta Tresserra, Architect and Urban Planner

  • 12:45 – 13.00 | Sustainable spaces lined with bamboo

Verónica Sancho, Architect, Grupo GUBIA


  • 13.00 – 13:15 | Sustainable and resilient design: the example of Ecuador

Rafael Lopez, Architect

Module 4: Closing Plenary
Next steps and recommendations for the future of bamboo in Europe
  • 13:15 – 13:20| The potential for bamboo to comply with Spanish/EU standards and regulations.

Juan Queipo, Architect, CSIC

  • 13:20 – 13:30 | Use of flame retardants with bamboo

Dr. Joaquín Montón Lecumberri, Barcelona Polytechnic School of Edification, UPC

  • 13:30 – 13:50 | Latest developments of the Bamboo Construction Taskforce and bamboo standars

David Trujillo, Mauricio Cardenas and Arjan van der Vegte, Bamboo Construction Taskforce

  • 13:55– 14:00 | Presentation of Labirinto della Masone, 2nd edition of bamboo symposium, Italy 2020

Edoardo Pepino, Labirinto della Massone

  • 14:00 – 14:45 | Roundtable discussion, wrap up and Farewell Reception