Celebrating forests and water


Every year on the International Day of Forests we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.

How much do you know about forests and water?

Take the forest quiz!


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Find out more about how forests contribute to our water needs by reading our key messages on forests and water.

 

 How will you mark the day?

 

Looking for ways to take part in the International Day of Forests? Here are five ideas.

1. Watch and share the International Day of Forests video and follow FAO's International Day of Forests event via webcast (21 March, 12:00-13:00 GMT+1)

2. Take this year’s forest quiz – How much do you know about forests and water? – and share your results on social media.
3. 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 it to the gallery of events happening around the world
4. Share the logo, banner and posters (available in 13 languages)
5. Join the conversation on social media using the #IntForestDay hashtag: pass on some of this year's key messages, or take a photo of your favourite forest and share it with your friends

International Day of Forests gallery

See how people around the world are celebrating the International Day of Forests, and send us photos of your event at idf@fao.org.

Events

Espacios Naturales Región de Murcia [infovalle@carm.es]
7 March 2016 - 31 March 2016
Spain, Murcia
Miscellaneous documents:
Muséum de Rouen
12 March 2016 - 25 September 2016
France, Muséum D'Histoire Naturelle, Rouen
Miscellaneous documents:
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
14 March 2016 - 24 March 2016
Switzerland, La Passarelle, Palais des Nations, Geneva
International Day of Forests, Mexico
Comisión Nacional Forestal de México
15 March 2016 - 21 March 2016
Mexico, Multiple venues
16 March 2016 - 17 March 2016
Ghana, Accra
El Ayuntamiento de Valladolid
17 March 2016
Spain, Valladolid
Madrid Zoo Aquarium
18 March 2016 - 29 March 2016
Spain, Madrid Zoo Aquarium
City Council of Santo Tirso
19 March 2016 09:30
Portugal, Castro do Monte Padrão, Santo Tirso
Miscellaneous documents:
L'office français de la Fondation pour l’Education à l’Environnement en Europe (of-FEEE)
19 March 2016 - 26 March 2016
France, Over 200 venues around France
International Day of Forests, Philippines: Photo exhibition and celebrations
Third-year students of AB Communication Arts, jointly with the Environmental Science for Social Change, as well as with the support of DZRH News AM of the Manila Broadcasting Company.
21 March 2016 08:00
Philippines, World Citi College,
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Madrid
Madrid Zoo Aquarium
21 March 2016 09:00
Spain, Madrid Zoo Aquarium
International Day of Forests, Islamabad
IUCN Pakistan, Ministry of Climate Change, Capital Development Authority Bahria University, Air University and Fatima Jinnah Women University
21 March 2016 10:00
Pakistan, Bahria University Islamabad
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Madrid
Faunia
21 March 2016 11:30
Spain, Faunia
International Day of Forests Symposium, Republic of Korea
Korea Forest Service
21 March 2016 14:00
Republic of Korea, National Institute of Forest Science
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Islamabad: Footprints of Leviathan - dwindling forests of Pakistan
Riphah Institute of Public Policy (RIPP), Riphah International University Islamabad in collaboration with PRIME (Policy Research Institute)
21 March 2016 15:00
Pakistan, RIPP campus, Islamabad
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Belgium: La forêt et l'eau : une alliance bénéfique pour l'homme
FNRS “Forêts, Nature et Sociétés [christine.farcy@uclouvain.be ]
21 March 2016 20:00
Belgium , Auditoire SUD 01 (Place Croix du Sud, Louvain-La-Neuve)
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
21 March 2016
Switzerland, Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Miscellaneous documents:
DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
21 March 2016
Belgium , Facebook
International Day of Forests events, Fiji
21 March 2016
Fiji, Suva
USAID
21 March 2016
Bangladesh, Dhaka
Comunidad Valenciana
21 March 2016
Spain, Morella (Castellón) Comunidad Valenciana
FAO
21 March 2016
Ghana, Accra
International Day of Forests, Algeria
l'association pour la protection de l'Environnement d'Ait-Oumalou
21 March 2016
Algeria, Tizi-Ouzou
International Day of Forests, Bangkok: Student debate
RECOFTC, FAO, UNEP
21 March 2016
Thailand, Bangkok
proHolz
21 March 2016
Germany, Bavaria
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Cairo
FAO
21 March 2016
Egypt, Cairo
International Tree Foundation
21 March 2016
United Kingdom, The Royal Institution, London
Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), FAO, Ministry of Agriculture
21 March 2016
Chile, Santiago
International Day of Forests, Colombia
Ministry of Environment of Colombia
21 March 2016
Colombia, Bogotá
International Day of Forests, Costa Rica
Asociación para el Manejo de Bosques de la Península de Osa (AMAOSA)
21 March 2016
Costa Rica, Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce
International Day of Forests, Ethiopia
Headlight Events
21 March 2016
Ethiopia, Gullele forestry centre, Addis Ababa
International Day of Forests, Ethiopia
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
21 March 2016
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
International Day of Forests, European State Forest Association
EUSTAFOR
21 March 2016
Belgium , Brussels
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Farmers Field Day, Kenya
Kenya Forestry Research Institute and Laikipia County Government
21 March 2016
Kenya, Kinamba Primary School, Laikipia Country
International Day of Forests, Finland: ”My Tree” – kids’ tree fest all across Finland!
21 March 2016
Finland, Multiple venues
International Day of Forests, Gujarat, India
ASPEE College of Horticulture and Forestry
21 March 2016
India, ASPEE College of Horticulture and Forestry
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Hungary
Ministry of Agriculture [csaba.mozes@fm.gov.hu]
21 March 2016
Hungary, Ministry of Agriculture
International Day of Forests, India
State Forest Research and Training Institute
21 March 2016
India, State Forest Research and Training Institute, Chhattisgarh
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, India
Junior Chamber International Adoor Town Chapter; Forestry Club, Christian College
21 March 2016
India, Kerala
International Day of Forests, Indonesia - tree planting
Ministry of Environment and Forestry
21 March 2016
Indonesia, Subang, West Java
KKL-JNF
21 March 2016
Israel, Israel
International Day of Forests, Libya
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Wealth State of Libya
21 March 2016
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Tripoli, Libya
International Day of Forests, Lima: Diálogo por el futuro de los bosques
Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) y Desarrollo (AECID) Embajada de España en Perú
21 March 2016
Peru, Lima
Miscellaneous documents:
Private Forest Owners Association
21 March 2016
Lithuania, Online
International Day of Forests, Mangrove planting campaign, Karachi
Pakistan Navy in Collaboration with Ministry of Climate Change, Provincial Forest Departments of Sindh and Balochistan and IUCN Pakistan
21 March 2016
Pakistan, Karachi
UNFF Secretariat and UN Water
21 March 2016
United States of America, UN Headquarters
International Day of Forests, Nigeria: Drama presentation
Federal College of Forestry
21 March 2016
Nigeria, Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan
International Day of Forests, Nigeria: Symposium
Savanna Forestry Research Station (SFRS), Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Samaru - Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
21 March 2016
Nigeria, Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Basawa - Zaria, Kaduna State (North West Nigeria)
International Day of Forests, Nigeria: Tour and talks
Assoc. of Women in Forestry & Environment
21 March 2016
Nigeria, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria
International Day of Forests, Niue
21 March 2016
Niue, Niue
International Day of Forests, Papua New Guinea
PNG Forest Authority
21 March 2016
Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
L’office français de la Fondation pour l’Education à l’Environnement en Europe (of-FEEE)
21 March 2016
France, Lycéé Honoré de Balzac, Paris
International Day of Forests, Poland
Polish Ministry of the Environment
21 March 2016
Poland, Warsaw
International Day of Forests, Quezon, Philippines
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office
21 March 2016
Philippines, Quezon
Miscellaneous documents:
FAO/FO
21 March 2016
Italy, Rome, FAO Hqs, Sheikh Zayed Centre
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Saudia Arabia Field Days
FAO-Saudi Arabia Technical Cooperation Programme
21 March 2016
Saudi Arabia, Beljurashi and Al Mandag, Al Baha Province
International Day of Forests, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Forest Department and Sri Lanka UN-REDD Programme [Thilal.Nanayakkara@ext.iucn.org]
21 March 2016
Sri Lanka, Colombo
International Day of Forests, Sweden: Golden Twig Award
Swedish Forestry Association [bengt.ek@skogen.se]
21 March 2016
Sweden, Stockholm
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Switzerland
Forestry Department of Basel
21 March 2016
Switzerland, Basel
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Tajikistan
Department of Forestry
21 March 2016
Tajikistan, Dushanbe
International Day of Forests, Togo
Observatory of Fauna, Flora and Protected Areas of Togo
21 March 2016
Togo, La forêt classée d'Amédé Hoévé (la plus proche de Lomé au Togo)
International Day of Forests, Uganda
Greening Uganda
21 March 2016
Uganda, Kampala
Ayuntamiento de Valladolid
21 March 2016
Spain, Online
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
21 March 2016
United States of America, Online
International Day of Forests, Zimbabwe
FAO
21 March 2016
Zimbabwe, Kambuzuma High School, Harare
Miscellaneous documents:
International Day of Forests, Puglia: Bosco Incoronata Spring Birds
Centro Studi Naturalistici ONLUS [info@centrostudinatura.it ]
21 March 2016 - 22 March 2016
Italy, Foggia
International Day of Forests, Turkey Forest Week
Turkish Forest Service; Directorate General of Forestry; Foresters' Association for Green Turkey; Bolu Regional Forest Directorate
21 March 2016 - 30 April 2016
Turkey, Bolu province; Eskisehir; Istanbul
International Day of Forests: Forest City Project, Brussels
European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR)
21 March 2016 - 5 June 2016
Belgium , Brussels
International Day of Forests, Málaga, Spain: Importance of bees and forests
Bee Garden
22 March 2016 12:00
Spain, Aula Apícola y Medioambiental Bee Garden, Málaga
International Day of Forests, Indonesia
IFSA
26 March 2016 - 27 March 2016
Indonesia, Bulaksalak Village, Cangkringan
El Colegio de Ingenieros de Montes, el Ayuntamiento de San Lorenzo de El Escorial y la Dirección General de Medio Ambiente de la Comunidad de Madrid
2 April 2016
Spain, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid
Oficina Nacional Forestal
7 April 2016
Costa Rica, Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía de Costa Rica
International Day of Forests, Indonesia: Launch of the National Movement for Wildlife Conservation
National Movement for Wildlife Conservation
14 April 2016
Indonesia, Pulau Karya, Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta

About the International Day of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. 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. Click here for the full text of the UN Resolution. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

last updated:  Thursday, April 21, 2016