International Year of Forests 2011
Forests 2011 logo
Click on the various parts of the logo to learn what each icon stands for.
The logo for the International Year of Forests 2011 is designed to convey the theme of “Forests for People”, celebrating the central role of people in the sustainable management and conservation of the world’s forests. In its parts and in its whole, the logo illustrates how the manifold functions of forests have significance for nearly all areas of our life.
Forests surround us, help us, feed us, protect us, teach us and entertain us – even if we take them for granted and never think about them. The logo conveys the message that in all regions, climatic zones and cultures, and in both developed and developing nations, forests are inextricably linked with people, the environment and our quality of life. They are vital to the survival and well-being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us.
The tree, as the central form, represents the forests of this Earth in all their variety and diversity: ranging from boreal coniferous forests to deciduous forests in temperate zones and from the dry savannah forests of the subtropics to the impenetrable jungle of tropical rain forests.
The crown is the source of oxygen, worker of the magic of photosynthesis. In the logo, the many parts of the crown represent the multiple values of forests. Forests provide shelter for people and habitat for great plant and animal biodiversity; they protect soil and water and help maintain a stable climate. They provide us with the environmentally sound renewable resource of wood, fuel for energy and many non-wood products, including food, fodder, medicines, building materials and cosmetics. They provide jobs, recreation and the experience of nature; and they are part of our spiritual and cultural life, our myths and folktales. Each of these values is interlinked with the others.
Taking it further, the logo represents our planet and all creation – a coherent whole with different parts that interact in many different ways. Humans are an inextricable part of creation, and have a duty to preserve it.