World Bamboo Day 2016
Join World Bamboo Organization CEO Susanne Lucas this year in Washington, D.C. to celebrate World Bamboo Day at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in D.C.'s Hispanic Heritage Month and be at the Zoo on Sunday, September 18 to not only celebrate WORLD BAMBOO DAY, but also the ZooFiesta ! Stay tuned for more details, but look forward to hearing cultural music, learning about the bamboos native to the Americas, see projects by Mexican bamboo architectural and construction company, Dicma Trade, and much more!
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The First World Bamboo Day
World Bamboo Day was declared by the Thai Royal Forest Department on 18 September 2009 in Bangkok, during the 8th World Bamboo Congress held at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel. This declaration is an effort 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 wants 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, as well as promote traditional uses locally and for community economic development.
The 8th World Bamboo Congress in Thailand was attended by over 350 participants from over 41 countries.
To celebrate World Bamboo Day, a ceremonial bamboo planting took place nearby Bangkok where a representative from each country had the honor to plant a bamboo seedling as a symbolic gesture of our mission. The bamboo plants, grown and provided by the Royal Forest Department, were planted in Prachin Buri at the Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre.
Next year, and every year, we hope you will remember bamboo on World Bamboo Day, 18 September, and do something good for the Earth. Plant a bamboo! Talk bamboo! Build with bamboo! Sing with bamboo! Wear bamboo! Eat bamboo! Feed bamboo! Breathe bamboo! Walk among the bamboo, and feel good.