World Wood Day 2018 Celebrated In Laos

The Lao Government, the World Wood Day Foundation and the International Wood Culture Society joined here in Vientiane to mark the World Wood Day 2018 on Mar 29.

Held at the Lao International Exhibition and Convention Centre � Lao-ITECC, the celebration saw the presence of Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly, Lt. Gen. Sengnouane Xayalath and the Chairman of International Wood Culture Society Chung-Youn Hse.

The main objectives of the celebration were twofold: to illustrate the importance of Wood as a bio-physical material which is naturally renewable and generable that play an important role for environment protection, and to raise awareness about the roles of woods in the world in relation to forest management and protection as well as forest and biodiversity conservation in a sustainable manner, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Lien Thikeo told the celebration.

The main essences of the 2018 World Wood Day Celebration include the demonstration of arts in wood carving and turning by foreign wood specialists, wood based music performances by Lao artists and representatives from 5 continents, memorial tree planting, and wood oriented children awareness raising programmes for them to be aware of the importance of wood and forest, said Mr Lien.

The celebration is attended by more than 450 local visitors, diplomats, and representatives from 21 countries from 5 continents and international organizations.

Recognizing the importance of forests and forest resources to the socio-economic development as well as to the sustainable protection of environment, land, water and biodiversity in 2012, the United National General Assembly declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests.

As you know, the forest is a precious natural resource that has been inherited from our ancestors. Forest is always regarded as main natural ecosystem which plays a very important role in national socio-economic development, soil and watershed protection, biodiversity conservation as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation and this role cannot be substituted by human intervention, said the minister.

Source: Lao News Agency

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