Fiji Bamboo Association

The Fiji Bamboo Association was established in the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 18th September 2019 at the M.A.S.T Convention Centre, 7 Desvouex Road, Suva.

The AGM approved the constitution of the FBA, elected the members of the Committee and the Disciplinary Committee, and endorsed the FBA’s Strategic Plan for the years 2020 – 2025.

The FBA is a public–private partnership formed for the purpose of promoting, supporting and protecting the bamboo industry in Fiji. It brings together various organisations and individuals with interest in the various bamboo sectors, whether this is in areas concerned with propagation or application. This would include organisations involved in policy formulation and change, education and training, technical and/or financial support, etc. The FBA will represent the combined interests of these organisations and members with the aim of establishing a thriving bamboo industry in Fiji.

The elected Committee members are:

Chair: Mr Masi Latianara
General Secretary: Ms Fane Raravula
Finance Officer: Ms Talei Goater
Member: Ms Linda Miller
Member: Mr Jale Tauraga
Member: Mr Wayne Jones
Member: Ms Anareta Apole

The strategy sets the vision and mission of the FBA as follows:

Vision

A strong and thriving bamboo industry that transforms people’s livelihoods and environmental sustainability in Fiji.

Mission

“To empower members to promote and support Fiji’s bamboo industry and its products and contribute to sustainable development and community resilience”

The Strategy recognises  six main areas of activities that FBA needs to lead or support to implement its mission. These are:

1. Institutionalisation of the Association;
2. Research and Training;
3. Bamboo propagation;
4. Bamboo applications;
5. Communication and Media; and
6. Partnerships.

Implementing the Strategy, the FBA will support the development of the various bamboo industries through partnerships with the private sector that will drive these efforts. These include:

  • Construction (both affordable housing and high end markets including resorts). This includes the use of bamboo:
    • In its natural cane form for building;
    • For scaffolding purposes;
    • In a composite form;
    • Monocoque sandwich construction;
    • In the production of zero-carbon concrete.
  • Paper pulping;
  • Bamboo shoots for culinary use;
  • Bamboo furniture (in both natural can form and by using bamboo composites);
  • Boat building;
  • Production of alternatives to plastic products;
  • Bamboo for the production of textiles;
  • And many others.

The FBA will also embark on a communication and media campaign with the aim of :

(i) raising the profile of bamboo and the bamboo industry in general,
(ii) promote national policy that will support the sustainable development of bamboo,
(iii) impart information to its members, students and the general public, and
(iv) lobbying on behalf of the industry to ensure continued growth of this sector.

It will achieve this through regular media events, publications, newsletter, a state of the art website, social media and by celebrating world bamboo day every year.

Those who want to join the FBA please contact Ms Fane Raravula.