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International Day of Forests 2018

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 2017 is Forests and Energy.

2017 Theme: Forests & Energy

How will you mark the day?

Watch and share the International Day of Forests video - available in 8 languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish)

Watch the recorded webcast from the event Rome in English, French and Spanish

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.

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 your friends

Slideshow: 2017 Events around the World


Better cookstoves for better lives
Forests: nature's powerhouse
Webcast: special event in Rome


Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FAO
Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary
Riikka Joukio, Senior Vice President, Metsä Group
Vladimir Dmitriev, Head of the Department for Science and Prospective Forestry Development of the Rosleskhoz (in Russian)
Jaakko Nousiainen, Production Director, UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery


The charcoal transition
The charcoal transition: executive summary
Incentives to promote sustainable wood energy in sub-Saharan Africa
Infographic: Forests and Energy