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Benefits of sustainable rattan

Sustainable rattan isn't just about making sure there is a long term supply of this material into the future. It is also a way to safeguard the ecosystem processes, species and human livelihoods that are tightly interlinked with the existence of this plant.

Burning rattan forest, Greater Mekong region
Pile of rattan

Problems with unsustainable rattan harvesting

Unsustainable harvest of rattan leads to forest degradation and affects overall forest ecosystem services.

It is also polluting. The use of toxic chemicals and petrol in the processing of rattan affects soil, air and water resources, and also people’s health.

Meanwhile, the conventional way of rattan production is threatening the plant’s long term supply, and the income of workers.

Benefits of sustainable rattan

This is why it is necessary to progress towards more sustainable production and processing practices.
  • Helps to protect forests from degradation
  • By providing a source of income to rural people, it allows them to become stewards and guards of their forests and biodiversity
  • Provides habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • Ensures a long-term supply of a useful material

A switch towards cleaner production

A key aspect of switching towards sustainable rattan involves adopting cleaner production techniques in the manufacture of rattan products.

This is because technologies and equipment for rattan processing are often outdated. Cleaner production helps to open up new market opportunities and to produce better quality products. 

This can be achieved through optimized management, increased materials and energy efficiency, and with more effective equipment, among others. You can find out more about clean rattan production by downloading the file on the right-hand side.