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 .

Forests and trees sustain and protect us, providing clean air and water, safeguarding biodiversity and acting as a buffer against climate change. For many people, they also offer food, shelter and employment. It is up to us in turn to sustain and protect our forests. Join FAO in celebrating the International Day of Forests on 21 March. Share the video and spread the message to help raise awareness.


We’ve also developed posters and web banners using the International Day of Forests logo for your use.

Join the celebrations by planting trees in your community and share online by sending us your tree-planting pictures of the Day to Let us know what you’ve done to celebrate the International Day of Forests by sending us photos of your initiatives. Show the world how trees, forests and their surrounding environments make a difference to the community where you live. Plant a tree, plant the future!

Infographic: Forests and land use

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News coverage

21-3-14 Diplomatic Call, Ghana The Senior Forestry Officer of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Ghana, Mr. Foday Bojang, has called for a humanistic approach to efforts geared towards conserving forests in Africa. [more]
21 Reasons To Celebrate The Value Of Trees In Honor Of International Day Of Forests [more]
International Day of Forests commemorated worldwide. [more]
The area under forest cover continues to decline globally, with the biggest losses of tropical forests occurring in South America and Africa , according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). [more]
21-3-14 Bioversity International Celebrating forest and tree diversity on the International Day of Forests. We interviewed Bioversity International researcher Judy Loo and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Albert Nikiema, who are at the forefront of preparations on the first ever State of the World Report on Forest Genetic Resources to be published in 2014. They told us about their plans for this day and what we can all do to fully recognize its importance. [more]



last updated:  Monday, April 14, 2014