The Fifth International Conference on Vetiver – ICV5

Chinese vetiver workshop – Liyu Xu

Conferences should be about learning, discussing and meeting interesting people.  A “conference” can be a small workshop/training gathering as in this image from a vetiver workshop in China (thank you Liyu Xu) to TVNI’s global Conference on Vetiver that is held every three to five years.

The Fifth International Conference on Vetiver (ICV5) will be held from October 29-31 2011, and  is being organized by the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow, India with a theme of “Vetiver and Climate Change” The Second announcement (with all supporting details) for this important conference is now published at the ICV5 official website at:  
The conference provides an opportunity to discuss and view the latest applications of the Vetiver System technology and its important use as a tool to mitigate some of the problems that the world faces due to climate change – in this case the use of vetiver to protect and rehabilitate land and water related to natural resources and the associated mitigation of the impact of extreme weather conditions. Together with the stabilization of earth based infrastructure (roads, canals, railroads, building sites), the treatment of waste water, and other uses that include handicrafts, aromatic oil and more.   Some of the more current applications of vetiver can be found at: and
Full proceedings of previous International conferences on Vetiver are at this link.
I should be grateful if you could pass this notice and link to your friends and associates and encourage people to sign up and attend.  These ICV conferences have in the past always been of high value and enjoyable, and provide participants the opportunity to meet with some very experienced vetiver users, developers, and scientists from India and the rest of the world..  For those of you who have not visited India before this is an excellent time of year to visit this interesting country and to extend the conference visit for some very enjoyable tourism.
Thank you 


Dick Grimshaw


The Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Conference on Vetiver  (ICV-5) on the theme “Vetiver and Climate Change” has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in this important international conference which will be held at the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow, India, between 29-31 October 2011.
 In India, the roots of this grass have been traditionally used for essential-oil production, and its hedges for on farm soil and water conservation, contour and forage. Over a period of time Vetiver System (VS) has acquired international territories and is now grown in over 100 countries owing to its cost effective environment friendly multifarious application and sustainable solutions for soil and water conservation, slope and embankment stabilization, natural disaster mitigation, pollution mitigation, agroforestry management and host of ecosystem services.
 The vetiver grass model promises a natural solution to mitigate the effects of climate change. Leading practitioners, experts, and policy makers associated with Vetiver System applications from all over the world will participate in the conference. This will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists, growers, entrepreneurs, industrialists and environmentalists to interact and share experience on prospects, potential, and opportunities of VS applications.
 India is the native home of vetiver, and Lucknow is located in an important geographic region where vetiver has its natural occurrence. It is our privilege to hold this International Conference on Vetiver in India, and also offer an opportunity for the participants to see vetiver in action in its native home.  We extend a hearty welcome to you to explore and learn the state of art progress in this unique plant and its application.
 We look forward to your active participation to make this international event a grand success.
Ram Rajasekharan, Chairman, Organizing Committee of ICV-5, and Director, CSIR-CIMAP
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