Last week we were honored to host the most important Chinese news channel on economy issues. As a part of a documentation about Chinese-German bilateral business initiatives our colleague Mr. Wen was asked to provide information on bamboo issues in Hamburg.
We accompanied the Chinese reporters on their visits to GoBamboo, a Hamburg based company dealing with bamboo and its products. Furthermore we opened the doors of Thünen Institute and Center for Wood Science at University Hamburg. Last but not least, Prof. Dr. mult. em. Walter Liese showed us some of his bamboo plants (Sasa spp., Phyllostachys ssp.) at his green home. If you want to see the whole broadcast, you may follow the link below and forward to minute 5:45.
Citylab came up with news from Bavaria. People in Munich planned a totally new approach to the traffic challenges of their urban region. When does this concept arrive in Hamburg, Cologne or Berlin?
BamBiCi Prototyp "Qar'qa"
One of our bilateral Brazilian-German academix exchange projects, namely Studienpraktikum "Deutschland Nord-Süd" was initiated with big success on 12th May 2015. In the name of all participants and the organization team we would like to express our thanks to all supporters. Especially the generous DAAD funds, the financial support from Hannover Messe, as well as the invaluable commitment of representatives and friends at University Hamburg, HNE Eberswalde, TU Dresden, ALU Freiburg, Bund Deutscher Holzwirte e.V., Ozon, Hainich Nationalpark, Pollmeier, BaySF, Mehling & Wiessmann, BT innovation, Abo Wind, Steinway & Sons, Freia e.V. A special thanks goes out to all the hosts and friends who enabled us to have pleasant stays within the German community.
Most of our Brazilian guest students returned to Brazil already. During the last weeks we offered incentives for the foreign students to contribute to our bilateral forestry and wood science discussion. Our Brazilian guests assured me to have made an enormous progress in their professional vision. Many of them did emphasize their intent to study and work in Germany in the near future.
In the next weeks a report will be worked out in which our team will point out the help of Hannover Messe as well as DAAD - a necessary support to achieve our project objectives. Thanks again.
The project pages are linked here.
70 years Chico Mendes
The leader of the forest people and defender of the Amazonian rubber tappers would have commemorate his 70th birthday today on 15th Dec 2014. This short message shall remember of his alive ideas and the on-going spirit of the Amazonian fight for global matters.
Who is not sure about who Mr Mendes was, a US American documentary
This week we received a first cubic meter of Ethiopian highland bamboo (Yushania alpina) at the Center for Wood Science. The raw material came from African Bamboo Plc and was harvested close to Hagere Selam (Hula) in the Sidama region. This load will be used initially for two projects in 2015 and we are glad to have been supported by the regarding working group at Fraunhofer WKI in Braunschweig and our Thünen Institute driver Mr. Rudolph. Thank you!
This is a great opportunity to continue our work with a new raw material, which on common ways would have been delayed months to get to Hamburg from Ethiopia.
INBAR's current Director General Hans Friederich: "[...] Prior to the exciting Summit, we will have a meeting of the INBAR Council. Ethiopia is currently the Chair of the INBAR Council, and HE State Minister for Agriculture of Ethiopia, Ato Sileshi Getahun will lead the session [...] One of the items on the agenda is the new 2015-2030 INBAR Strategy."
See further information here
The summit is streamed live here
The 2nd Symposium about wood construction happened in August, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.
Not only wood research associations and companies who work with this raw material in ‘clean constructions’ way, but also researchers, professors, professionals and students from Architecture, Wood and Forest Engineer were there to discuss the necessary change of this actual Brazilian scenery about wood constructions.
Why is so difficult to build a wood’s house in Brazil? The actually politics in the country don’t contributed for the development on the wood construction sector. Banks don’t finances this tippy of construction, because of the old legend that wood is flammable or just don’t have the characteristics of a durable material. The architects complain that they don’t know where to find uniform structural components of wood in the market. The preoccupation with certification (FSC) is knew but the lumber dealer doesn’t establish regular sizes because sometimes don’t even know exactly what the market want.
A forest student said: “We just care about how fast our eucalyptus and pinus grow. Brazil has about 1,4% (ABIMCI) from the hole extension with reforesting. That is a shame for a huge country like us, we need to argue with our politics to ask for incentives that really will bring good wood materials, not only energy and paper but also raw material for constructions.“ In Brazil, people usually see that houses made of wood are just for poor people and also think that just masonry houses could resist forever, even they now that is not true.
This cultural barrier had changed, and in south of Brazil the firsts real estate venture made by “clean construction” that uses wood, were financed. Techniques as “Wood Frame” as the Brazilian Tec Verde build, and “Glued Laminated Timber” are not yet extended used, not just about the price, but also for missing information.
The discussion incentive professionals from this sector to know each order, as well as to provide a network between university, companies and community.
WBC 2015 - Changed dates
The date of the 10th World Bamboo Congress has been changed to September 17 through 22, 2015. Deadline for the submission of papers is January 1st 2015.
Further information at http://www.worldbamboocongress.org/
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