The World Wood Day will be celebrated on March 21st 2013 by holding a symposium.

March 21st is officially designated and recognized as the International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly. 2013 is the first year of recognition. The World Wood Day ( is 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 International Wood Culture Society ( is organizing a symposium in Tanzania. To present the cultural aspects of wood utilization and their role for a sustainable development, the symposium is connected to a handicraft- and child’s painting competition. Michael Grabner from the Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Resources was asked to present the work of historical wood utilization and the Austrian- and International network of historical wood utilization (