Hans Friederich was appointed as Director General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in 2014. Prior to joining INBAR, he served as the European Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and in the global fundraising unit of IUCN. He is now based in Beijing, China as the head of the only international Inter-Governmental Organization that deals with bamboo and rattan. INBAR has 41 Member States from around the world, mainly from bamboo producing countries. In 2015, the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan was launched, which includes pilot studies and fieldwork to determine the potential of using bamboo to reduce soil erosion and to restore degraded land.