INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS AND THE TREE: MARCH 21, 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS AND THE TREE

Quick Facts

International Day of Forests raises awareness on forests and trees, including their role in climate change.

Local names

Name Language
International Day of Forests English
Día Internacional de Bosques Spanish
היום בינלאומי של יערות והעצים Hebrew
اليوم الدولي للغابات والاشجار Arabic
국제 산림 날과 나무 Korean
Internationaler Tag des Waldes German

International Day of Forests 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

International Day of Forests 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 21 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The day also addresses issues such as deforestation.

 

Forests are an integral part of survival on Earth.

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Celebrate International Day of Forests

The UN works with governments, community organizations, and the general public to promote both local and global activities for the International Day of Forests. Activities include:

  • Tree planting campaigns.
  • Photo exhibits that portray the importance forests and trees.
  • Sharing infographics, videos, news and messages via social and other media.

Public life

International Day of Forests is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About International Day of Forests

Forests cover about one third of the world’s land mass. Roughly 1.6 billion people, including more than 2000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests are vital to the planet for many reasons, including:

  • Providing shelter for more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
  • Contributing to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air.
  • Protecting watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers.

The UN first celebrated the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2013. This initiative follows from the International Year of Forests.

Did you know?

Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, according to the UN.

International Day of Forests Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Thu Mar 21 2013 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Fri Mar 21 2014 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2015 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2016 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Tue Mar 21 2017 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2018 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2019 International Day of Forests United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2020 International Day of Forests United Nations observance

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