About World Wood Day

2014 WORLD WOOD DAY - Wood in a Changing Culture

World Wood Day on March 21st is an annual cultural event to raise the awareness on how wood plays a key role for a sustainable future, and has launched its inaugural celebration since 2013. WWD is concurrently observed on the same day as the International Day of Forests, which was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. This event explores the significance of wood and the vital role it plays in our lives and culture, and in 2014, the challenges posed through the changes that mark the development of human civilization will be examined.

2014 World Wood Day

The theme for the year 2014 World Wood Day is "Wood in a Changing Culture".

Under the context of globalization, the world has been greatly affected by a move towards economic development, urbanization and increasing consumption of natural resources. Ecological environments have been altered over the course of time as changing cultural values have overridden traditional culture and influenced people's mindsets and behaviors. Blending of the new and the traditional is not the only result. Having been interpreted differently across the world, norms and practices also greatly influence traditions, values and cultures. The value and use of wood, for instance, have also changed in response to the changing world. Wood, therefore, as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial, has become increasingly crucial to sustainable living.

2014 World Wood Day will be celebrated from March 20th to 25th, and is going to bring to the world a feast of arts and creativity, culture and knowledge, fun and recreation, and caring and support. This week-long celebration will be held at the Xianyou County, Fujian Province of China, where representatives from more than 50 countries and regions will be invited to participate in the grand global and cultural event Activities include a symposium, woodcraft activities, wood education and children's event, tree planting, exhibition and other activities related to the arts and humanities that acknowledge wood, to share their perspectives and that of their communities on wood with the world.

Instead of limiting the operation to a single country, the celebratory activities will also be broadened and organized in several regions spanning the globe. We are excited and proud to invite everyone around the world to participate in, and enjoy this cultural event on a global scale with us.

2014 World Wood Day Celebration & The International Wood Culture Exposition

March 20-25, 2014 Fujian Province, China

2014 WWD organizing committee

Victoria Asensi, Scientific Director of XYLODATA, France
Pieter Baas, Emeritus Professor of Leiden University, The Netherlands
Mike Hou, Director of International Wood Culture Society, USA
Takao Itoh, Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University, Japan
Shengji Pei, Professor of Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Howard Rosen, Staff Specialist of USDA Forest Service, USA
Jinling Su, Secretary General of International Wood Culture Society, China
Ping Yang, Professor of Kumamoto University, Japan