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Damyang Governor Choi Hyung-sik 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.
We are eager to show that knowledge today can be communicated in an interactive manner. Facts, techniques, test results and business ventures are also discussed during coffee breaks, over lunch, in break-out sessions and during evening gatherings. We think it is important to like the people we interact with, and enjoy the whole congress experience! Just because we smile, it doesn’t mean we aren’t serious. If we enjoy our congress activities, it doesn’t mean they are frivolous. And of course the destination, the host venue, is part of the critical equation of that congress experience. Coming to Damyang for the 10th World Bamboo Congress will be an incredible opportunity for those that make the trip. The business we conduct here in Damyang will be important, and it may also be momentous and life-changing. 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; the WBC also aims to effectively promote the expansion of species-specific bamboo plantations for regional production and modern opportunities.
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, in Damyang, the city will host the “World Bamboo Fair 2015” for six weeks, from September 17 – October 31, 2015. The Opening of the WBC will take place on September 18, with the added significance of celebrating World Bamboo Day!
Call for Videos!
This is a new component of the World Bamboo Congress; one we feel will add an exciting opportunity for people working in the bamboo sector to share their projects and exchange ideas outside the format of scientific papers. Videos can be made by anyone, about anything bamboo! Video length should be 3-5 minutes -- with sound or no sound -- and brought to the event in a MPEG4 format.
We happily announce a few keynote speakers who 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, consultant and former 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'.
- Pablo van der Lugt, Head of Sustainability & Innovation at Moso International BV, will examine 'The Environmental Impact of Industrial Bamboo Products: Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Sequestration'.
- Simon Velez, award-winning Colombian architect and expert on building with Guadua will present 'The Role of Bamboo in Contemporary Social Housing'.
- Manuella Mendes de Araújo and Hugo Gutierrez Céspedes of the Joao Santos Group, Brazil will present, 'Large Scale Plantations of Bamboo for Cellulose and Biomass Held in Northeast of Brazil'.
- Mauricio Mora Tello of Cerveza Bambusa Cholula, Mexico will present 'Bambusa: pioneering Latin America's first craft beer made out of bamboo'.
- Dirk Hebel, architect and professor at ETH University, Zurich, Switzerland, and collaborator at Future Cities laboratory in Singapore, will present 'Green Steel - constructing alternatives out of bamboo'.
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!
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 Day
World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally. Where bamboo grows naturally, bamboo has been a daily element, but its utilization has not always been sustainable due to exploitation. The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure - to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.