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Thailand - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Thailand at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

The main theme of the Thailand pavilion is 'Water for Life: Royal Initiatives'. Thailand's King Bhumipol Adulyadej developed the Royal Concepts and Projects for his people. He used a plant, the Vetiver Grass, to combat desertification, protect and preserve water resources and promote rational use of water resources. The project started in 1991, following studies to cultivate and grow pastures in mountainous areas. Nowadays, agriculture means great benefits for the population with a minimum investment. The pavilion is made of Vetiver Grass Plywood, replacing 117 large trees that would take two years to grow. The exhibition shows these fundamental achievements that help to preserve water and prevent soil erosion. The material can be seen on the walls and floor of the exhibition space. In addition, the pavilion uses sustainable materials. 80% of the elements used can therefore be reused, resulting in a drastic reduction in waste.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008