International Day of Forest

International Forest Day, also known as the International Day of Forests, is observed on March 21 every year. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012 to raise awareness about the importance of forests and trees in our lives and the need to protect them.

On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

It serves as a reminder of the vital role forests play in combating climate change, preserving biodiversity, and supporting the livelihoods of millions of people around the world.

The battle against deforestation requires new technological advancements. With 10 million hectares lost annually due to deforestation and approximately 70 million hectares affected by fires, these innovations are essential for early warning systems, sustainable commodity production, and empowering Indigenous Peoples through land mapping and climate finance access.

Additionally, ecosystem restoration, including reforestation efforts, can significantly contribute to climate mitigation and enhance food security while pushing the boundaries of sustainable wood products and enhance food security while promoting sustainable wood products.

The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) organize the Day in collaboration with governments, CPF, and others. International Day of Forests 2024 will be celebrated on the theme, ‘Forests and Innovation: New Solutions for a Better World’.

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