WORLD BAMBOO DAY
World Bamboo Day 2021
The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.
Jodi Picoult (2009). “My Sister’s Keeper – Movie Tie-In: A Novel”, p.196, Simon and Schuster
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.
Inception of World Bamboo Day
During my tenure as the President of World Bamboo Organisation (WBO) from 2007-2010, I had the opportunity to organize the VIII World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok in 2009 with the support of the Royal Thai Forest (RFD) Department of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand. At that time the idea of having an exclusive day dedicated to bamboo was planned and proposed by me. We took the opportunity of having congress delegates from more than 100 countries participating and decided to declare 18th September as World Bamboo Day which was endorsed by the participants from all nations. Incidentally, 18th September also happens to be the Royal Thai Forestry Day.] So, on 18th September which was also the last day of the VIII World Bamboo Congress, the Deputy Governor of Bangkok as representative of Royal Thai Govt and Ms. Susanne Lucus, Executive Director of WBO and myself as President of WBO, along with participants declared the “World Bamboo Day” since 2009.
The event was facilitated by the RFD and on 19th September, WBO and RFD organized a bamboo plantation by the representatives of all the countries at a Park nearby Bangkok to mark the event. I also would like to mention my close friend and associate Mr. Sapol Boonsermsuk, Director of Royal Thai Forest, without whose help it would not have been possible to secure the support of Thai Govt. This event is now a global one being celebrated every year across the world in most of the Bamboo Growing nations including even the remotest corners where bamboo grows.
The rest is history and I am proud and happy to initiate this day with the support of WBO and RFD and my fellow bamboo friends globally.
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Sustainable Development Goals
SAbF has successfully established the communication between communities for the resourceful development of Bamboo and it’s economical possibilities for the communities.
Building the Future
World Bamboo Day is a day of celebration to increase the awareness of bamboo globally.