International Day of Forests

From: 21.03.2018 to: 21.03.2018

The International Day of Forests (21 March) celebrates and raises awareness about 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 2018 is Forests and Sustainable Cities.

Photo contest
Fifty percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050, this number could be as high as 70 percent. As more and more of us live and work in cities, urban forests and trees and the benefits they provide — from filtering the air of harmful pollutants to reducing noise pollution to providing us with food and medicine — become increasingly important. To celebrate the International Day of Forests and this year’s theme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is asking you to go outside and take a picture of the forests and trees in your town or city and the people who benefit from them. By capturing the trees of towns and cities in photos with the people they benefit, you can help promote the importance of forests and trees to our cities and the many ways we rely on them. The winner of the contest will win a trip to FAO headquarters in Rome to talk about their photo at the biennial session of the FAO Committee on Forestry. The deadline to enter is 9 March 2018.

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