International Day of Forests: 21 March 2018

Wed 21/03/18

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. 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.

The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2017 was Forests and Energy. 

Did you know that:

  • Approximately 883 million people in developing countries are employed in the wood energy sector on a full or part-time basis.
  • Wood provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power, accounting for roughly 40% of current global renewable energy supply.
  • About 50 percent of global wood production is used as energy for cooking, heating, and electricity generation.
  • For 2.4 billion people, woodfuel means a cooked and more nutritious meal, boiled water, and a warm dwelling.

To celebrate the International Day of Forests and 2017's theme, FAO encouraged everyone to get out into their local forest, park, or other green space, and make a short video explaining how the forest energizes them. Learn more about their video campaign here.

The theme of 2018 celebrations is "Forests and Sustainable Cities". Details will be updated shortly.