In order to commemorate the 50ᵗʰ Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) Celebrations of His Majesty the King of Thailand's Accession to the Throne, the Chaipattana Foundation and the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board, in collaboration with the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, organized the International Conference on "Vetiver: A Miracle Grass". It was held in Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, 4 - 8 February 1996. During the Conference, an ad hoc Working Group, consisting of 35 key participants discussed issues related to the future of the international conference on vetiver. The Group unanimously expressed their felt need for the continuation of this international conference. The conference shall be named, "The International Conference on Vetiver (ICV)" with the interval of every four years. On this occasion, His Majesty the King of Thailand has graciously granted the King of Thailand Vetiver Awards to the outstanding vetiver research and dissemination works on vetiver.
ICV-1: Vetiver: A Miracle Grass
Venue: Dusit Resort and Polo Club, Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Date: 4-8 February 1996
Organizers: Office of the Royal Development Projects Board, in cooperation with the Chaipattana Foundation and the Mae Fah Luang Founadation, with support from the World Bank and the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
Special Occasion: To commemorate the 50ᵗʰ Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) of His Majesty the King of Thailand's Accession to the Throne.
Organizers: Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, South China Institute of Botany (Chinese Academy of Sciences), South China Agricultural University, and Guangdong Association of Grass Industry and Environment.