International Day of Forests 2018 : Forests and Sustainable Cities


International Day of Forests 2018 : Forests and Sustainable Cities

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 2018 is Forests and Sustainable Cities.


Selected news on e-Agriculture related to Forestry and ICTs

Application of ICTs in Forestry Management

Can drones help reforest our forests?

In Malaysia, drones are used to monitor and enforce forests 

Global Forest Watch - Monitoring forests in near real time

Use of drones in Forestry : e-Agriculture Learning Activity on the use of Drones in Agriculture and Rural Development

How to celebrate this day

  • Watch and share the International Day of Forests video 2018 (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish). 
  • Take part in the International Day of Forests 2018 photo contest and show the world how much you love trees, by sharing a photo of that special tree or that special forest in your city.
  • Organize or join events celebrating forests – tree plantings, symposiums, art exhibitions, or a photo competition. Don’t forget to tell us about it at IDF@fao.org and send us photos so we can add them to the gallery of events happening around the world.
  • Join the conversation on social media using the #IntlForestDay hashtag: pass on some of this year's key messages, or take a photo of your favourite forest and share it with us and your friends.

More information here


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