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Goodell in Tanzania


Goodell in Tanzania Dr. Barry Goodell (center), Professor, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials with some of the speakers and organizers from the World Wood Day – 2013 meetings.

April 18, 2013 –  

Dr. Barry Goodell was an invited keynote speaker to World Wood Day - 2013 in Tanzania, Africa during the week of March 21st 2013. He represented North America and presented the talk, The Future of Wood and Biofiber: How Wood as a Biomaterial Contributes to a Sustainable World.

Goodell also moderated one of the 6 theme sessions of the meeting, “Conservation and Plantation”, and he served as a judge in the African Wood Carving event.

The meetings were held in Dar es Salaam in Karimjee Hall, and they were well attended by participants from around the globe with the primary theme of the conference being Wood in Africa: Cultural Distribution, Historical Utilization, and Future Sustainability.

The date of the meeting was officially designated and recognized as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly, and 2013 is the first year of recognition. World Wood Day was celebrated on the same day as the International Day of Forests to raise the awareness on how wood plays a key role for a sustainable future. The idea for world wood day was first advocated in 2009 by International Wood Culture Society along with partners and friends. The idea behind World Wood Day is a cultural approach to realize the concept wood is good. To celebrate the initiation, World Wood Day works in concert with Forest Day to bring wood, together with forests, into people’s life.

Dr. Goodell greatly appreciates the support of the International Wood Culture Society and their partners and friends to make the trip possible.



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