International Day of Forests : March 21

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The International Day of Forests (IDF) was observed on March 21, 2019 with the theme ‘ Forests and Education: Learn to Love Forests’. The day is observed every year on the same date to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

This year’s theme aims to promote education to learn to love forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation, as healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies.

 The International Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

 The day is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people and their vital role in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.

 Every year on this day, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

 The day’s theme for each year is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in December 2012, which declared that March 21 of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests.