International Day of Forests

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2023 DateMarch 21, 2023
2024 DateMarch 21, 2024
International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests History

International Day of Forests seeks to celebrate forests and raise awareness about the importance of trees. This day aims to educate the public about the vital role that forests and trees have in sustaining and protecting humans. It further aims to raise awareness about the effects of rapid deforestation.

International Day of Forests was established in 2012 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on March 21st.

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International Day of Forests Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for International Day of Forests in 2023 was Forests and health.
  • According to the World Bank, forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75% of the world’s accessible fresh water. This water is made available for domestic, agricultural, industrial, and ecological use.
  • According to the UN, there are about 4.06 billion hectares of forest remaining which cover about 30% of Earths landmass.
  • Nearly one-third of the world's largest cities get their drinking water directly from protected forest areas. Forests act as natural filters for water by removing particles from it such as metals and nitrogen.
  • According to the UN, approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihood.
  • 2020 has been referred to as a Nature Super Year and must be the year where we turn the tide on deforestation and forestry loss - U.N Secretary-General António Guterres, International Day of Forests 2020

International Day of Forests Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch the 2020 International Day of Forest's virtual program if you missed it.
  • Watch a movie that advocates for the protection of forests or showcases their rich biological diversity. Here are our suggestions:
    Earth (2007), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), and Wild (2014).
  • Share your favorite photo of a forest or plant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN by emailing it to The UN will add it to a combined gallery of everyone’s pictures around the world!
  • Read a book that advocates for forest conservation. Here are our suggestions:
    The Sibley Guide to Trees
    The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
    Forest Ecology

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