World Bamboo Congress

Our Open Invitation

The World Bamboo Organization is extremely happy to announce the 10th World Bamboo Congress will be held in Damyang, Korea, 26 June to 1 July, 2015.

Our preliminary visit last November to Damyang to meet with the hosts - Damyang-gun Governor Choi Hyung-sik and his team members of the 10th WBC National Organizing Committee - opened our eyes to the vast potential of bamboo in this region, emerging from an historic traditional resource to one with modern-day realities. We are truly impressed with the bamboo developments in Damyang-gun, and we are confident that the 10th World Bamboo Congress coinciding with the World Bamboo Fair in 2015 will be not only a success for Damyang-gun, for Jeolla-do, and for Korea; it will be a global success!

Each World Bamboo Congress is positioned as a catalyst for dissemination of the most current scientific and field research information available worldwide in order to promote the sustainable and realistic utilization of bamboo for myriad of potentials, as well as to effectively promote the expansion of species-specific bamboo plantations for regional production and modern opportunities.

Governor Choi has made a tremendous impact on the county of Damyang, revitalizing its bamboo sector to expand its bamboo industry for modern and sustainable utilization. Twenty years ago, the bamboo markets closed in Damyang because of declining demand for bamboo products. Today, thanks to Governor Choi, the local bamboo resources are carefully maintained and managed to sustainably supply bamboo culms and shoots for emerging new markets.

Damyang county is located in the southwest corner of Korea, in Jeollanum-do. It enjoys a southern continental climate and temperate climate forest zone with high temperatures and precipitation in summer, providing ideal conditions for bamboo growth. The county has 1,797 hectares of bamboo forest equal to 25.5% of Korea’s total bamboo habitat. It is rural and scenic, far from the hectic city of Seoul, and very much worth the travel to get there, especially if you want to see bamboo forests!

Damyang has been home to bamboo craft for about 300 years and since 2003 promotes the development of “New Bamboo Products” as a means to boost the local economy. The “Bamboo Park” in the capital town of the county attracts approx. 1.3 million visitors annually.

Not only will the 10th World Bamboo Congress take place over 5 days, 26 June to 1 July in 2015 in Damyang, the city will host the “World Bamboo Exposition 2015” for an entire month, from June 27th – August 15th 2015. This exposition will show ways to improve the value of bamboo on an international level under the slogan “Bamboo for a Greener Future”. It will consist of a variety of bamboo exhibition halls featuring ecology, history, science, construction and Green Development, with an anticipated audience of over 90,000 visitors! Special cultural programs, workshops, competitions, music and more will give people of all ages and all backgrounds a reason to truly celebrate all things bamboo.

Stay tuned for details, program development and tour packages. Most importantly, SAVE THE DATES and plan to attend!

With best regards to all of you out there in the world of bamboo,
Susanne Lucas, Executive Director WBO Michel Abadie, President WBO

ONE Year and Counting!

The World Bamboo Organization, the WBC International Organizing Committee and the WBC National Organizing Committee of the county of Damyang South Korea are very pleased to begin the exciting count-down: ONE YEAR until the Opening of the 10th World Bamboo Congress!

The Technical Committee and Organizing Committee are working hard on all the details and logistics to ensure this global event is worth every minute and every mile traveled! Stay tuned for Tentative Program Schedules and information about Registration, Where to Stay, Extra Tours, Travel Tips and more.

Participation Opportunities

Researchers can candidate to give a poster or an oral presentation. For a poster presentation an abstract is needed, for an oral presentation, a paper must be submitted following the Call for Papers time-table:

  • Call for Papers to be made:
    1 July 2013 / 1 January 2014 / 1 July 2014
  • Deadlines for submissions is:
    1 November 2014.
  • Final selection of papers is:
    1 January 2015.
  • Final versions of all papers (revisions) is:
    1 April 2015.

Abstracts and papers will then be reviewed by the Technical Committee. Please see the Call for Papers for more information.

Keynote Speakers

We happily announce a few keynote speakers whom will speak to the Congress theme of Bamboo for a Greener Future:

  • Kathleen Buckingham, Research Associate of the World Resources Institute will present 'Bamboo: The Secret Weapon in Forest and Landscape Restoration'
  • Bernice Dapaah of the Bright Generation Community Foundation will share her experiences of lifting spirits and mobility through bamboo in her presentation 'The Ghana Bamboo Bicycle Initiative'
  • Yiping Lou, Team Leader of the Forest Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Programme of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), will present 'Bamboo Carbon Potential for Mitigating Climate Change'
  • Camille Rebelo, Forester, Co-Founder and Partner of EcoPlanet Bamboo, will discuss 'Guiding the development of commercially grown bamboo as a sustainable alternative fiber within a global context'
  • Simon Velez, award-winning Colombian architect and expert on building with Guadua will present 'The Role of Bamboo in Contemporary Social Housing'

The Technical Committee and Organizing Committee are working hard on all the details and logistics to ensure this global event is worth every minute and every mile traveled! Stay tuned for Tentative Program Schedules and information about Registration, Where to Stay, Extra Tours, Travel Tips and more.

Please take note: if you wish to participate as a Speaker, please see the Call for Papers.

The World Bamboo Organization (WBO)

The mission of the World Bamboo Organization is to promote and support the use of bamboo as a sustainable and alternative natural resource through the development of partnerships and alliances, and the creation of mechanisms for global communication, information exchange, and technology transfer. World Bamboo Organization

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