World Bamboo Congress



We wish to inform you that the date of the 10th World Bamboo Congress has been changed to September 17 through 22, 2015.

We thank you in advance for your kind understanding concerning this decision, which was made in full cooperation with the National Organizing Committee in Korea, as well as special interests within the county of Damyang. The WBO is completely confident in our collective competence to see this World Bamboo Congress a huge and significant success for all.

As our partners in Damyang have expressed, “We continuously confide in the spirit of voluntary cooperation for the good cause of Bamboo.”

Damyang 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.

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.

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 an entire month, 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!

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 Program Schedules and information about Registration, Where to Stay, Extra Tours, Travel Tips and more.

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

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 January 2014
    1 July 2014
    1 December 2014
  • Deadlines for submissions is:
    1 January 2015.
  • Final selection of papers is:
    1 March 2015.
  • Final versions of all papers (revisions) is:
    1 June 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, 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'.
  • Camille Rebelo, Forester, Co-Founder and former Partner of EcoPlanet Bamboo, will discuss 'Guiding the development of commercially grown bamboo as a sustainable alternative fiber within a global context'.
  • 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'.

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

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. World Bamboo Day