International Day of Forests

2019 Theme: Forests and Education

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 each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on ForestsThe theme for 2019 is Forests and Education

Ngalim Franklin Njaiwo, from Cameroon won the teachers' contest

Ksenia Kotelnikova (Ксения Котельникова) won the T-shirt design contest

Julianne Fetalvero from the Philippines won the students' contest

How will you mark the day?

  • Watch and share the International Day of Forests video 2019 (English, Arabic, ChineseFrench, German, HungarianItalian, JapanesePolishRussian, Slovakian, SlovenianSpanish). 
  • Organize or join events celebrating forests: tree plantings, symposiums, art exhibitions, photo competitions or host a student debate. 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.
  • Share the logo, banner and posters - available in 13 languages
  • 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.