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International Day of Forests

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