World Wood Day Events in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 19-23, 2013
Barry Goodell and I (shown with several of the symposium speakers and moderators) represented SWST at the first World Wood Day (WWD), March 21, 2013, which also included a 2-day technical symposium on wood culture, a pan-African wood carving completion, an international wood carving and wood turning show, a youth woodworking competition, and a children’s drawing competition related to trees. The culmination was a celebration of WWD with entertainment and the presentation of prizes for the winners of the competitions. Over 300 people from 45 countries attended this meeting. The International Wood Culture Society was the main organizer of this event and SWST was one of the sponsors.
The day after WWD, many of the attendees traveled to a local forest and planted tree seedlings to emphasize the need for a sustainable source of trees to continue making wood products. A tour to a regional vocational training center and an ebony wood carving market completed the day. To escape the heat a humidity of Dar es Salaam, I elected to take the tours in the north near Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Conservation area, where I had the pleasure for four days of viewing beautiful scenery and extremely interesting flora and fauna, as exemplified by the animal pictured here. More details on these meetings and tours can be found at the IWCS World Wood Day website “www.worldwoodday.org.”
IWCS – Vice President
IUFRO 5.10.01 Wood Culture Working Party Chair