Le Van Tam
WBW 2022 Organizing Committee Representative
Chairman of Thanh Hoa Bamboo Association
Chairman of LASUCO
President of World Bamboo Organization
Associate Director of World Bamboo and Rattan (Chinese Academy of Forestry)
Viet Nam National Organizing Committee
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I warmly welcome all of you to the signature event of the year: the 4th World Bamboo Workshop that will be held in Thanh Tam Bamboo Ecopark, Thanh Hoa Province, Viet Nam on 16 - 20 September 2022.
After more than 2 years, human life on Earth has been turned upside down by Covid-19 and we have been kept apart from each other. We believe that WBW 2022 will be a meaningful event for bamboo people around the world to meet up again.
Bamboo appears everywhere in Viet Nam, from the North to the South, from the delta to the highland. Historically, bamboo was a constant in the daily activities of people’s life, work, and country protection since the beginning of time. Bamboo was used for making houses, doors, tables, chairs, tools, foods, medicine etc. People used bamboo chopsticks to eat daily. Bamboo is a close friend of Vietnamese people, not only in the past but also in the future.
There are 1.5 million hectares of bamboo forest in Viet Nam, playing a role of the windbreak in most the country. Bamboo has become the tree of poverty reduction for the poor and the tree of climate change mitigation for all; bamboo forests remain productive for more than 50 years after its initial planting. And now, with modern technology, bamboo is rising to be the tree of green growth and wealth.
With the theme “Bamboo for Green Life and Sustainable Development”, WBW 2022 aims to raise awareness about the sustainable value of bamboo, encouraging people to practice responsible and environmentally friendly consumption and to adopt a more “green” lifestyle. It will also connect aspects and resources related to bamboo, creating a synergy to elevate bamboo's position to a new height and demonstrate the evidence of a global bamboo ecosystem.
We have an exciting program that offers you a wide range of activities to enjoy and learn, such as design competitions, seminars, construction workshops, festivals, exhibitions, cultural exchange, and bamboo planting celebrations. You can also take advantage of this event to discover Vietnamese bamboo culture and Thanh Hoa - a land of a long historical and rich cultural tradition of Vietnam. Come and hear the sound of Đàn Bầu - one of the only two musical instruments of pure Vietnamese origin. Thanh Hoa Province has the largest bamboo forest of Viet Nam with 250,000 hectares of bamboo, located 150 km south of Hanoi, in the North Central Region of Viet Nam.
We believe that this mega event will be an excellent opportunity for all people working in bamboo, such as policymakers, scientists, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, to come to exchange, to strengthen friendships, and open up opportunities for cooperation on a global scale.
I add my best wishes for a successful and fruitful WBW 2022 and my thanks to all organizers.
Chairman Le Van Tam
It's time to be imaginative with bamboo!
In our recent history, throughout this crisis period, we have begun to realize it is time to create a new world. And, by experience, every World Bamboo Workshop is « the right moment » to share and participate to expand our bamboo vision.
For the 4th World Bamboo Workshop 2022 we have accepted the invitation of Thanh Hoa province, in the Thanh Tam EcoPark in Vietnam. It will be a great opportunity to discover, in a place dedicated to innovation, the millenary tradition of bamboo culture, the Vietnam bamboo culture. The skill and the gesture of local artisans will enhance our capacity to draw a new perspective for a future built on bamboo.
This open-air experience of learning, building, and sharing days with passionate bright minds will bring a new energy and inspiration to all who come to engage and imagine.
So - we are counting on you for this unique «right moment » for bamboo!
Thank you and see you soon,