Wood, the only renewable natural resource as structural materials, has been used for a variety of purposes. Nonetheless, due to its organic nature, wood is prone to microbial decay, insect attack, fire accident and weathering. In order to enhance the durability of wood, wood preservation seeks to provide various scientific techniques, which will prolong the life span of the wood-based materials. Consequently, it will help to conserve the valuable forest resources as well as the earth environment.
The Japan Wood Protection Association (JWPA) was established in 1974 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1978. In 1987, JWPA was officially registered as an academic society by the Science Council of Japan. Since its inception, JWPA has been working hard to promote research and development of technologies to preserve wood. Furthermore, JWPA endorses educational programs that will help society's understanding on its effort.
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