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.

Did you know? 

  • Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater
  • About one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas
  • Forests act as natural water filters
  • Climate change is influencing the availability of water resources

Find out 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
  2. Take this year’s forest quiz – How much do you know about forests and water? – and share your results on social media. Quiz coming soon!
  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 list of events happening around the world
  4. Share the logo, banner and posters (available in 11 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

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.

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.

last updated:  Tuesday, February 9, 2016