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 Forests

The theme for 2023 is "Forests and health." 

From drinking a glass of water to building a house, forests are precious resources for people’s lives and are key to solving many global challenges, including the climate crisis and poverty, according to new report.

Op-ed by Ewald Rametsteiner, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Switching from fossil-based products to renewable wood-based products can help combat climate change and achieve Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new report.

Interested in natural cosmetic products, ones that support local communities and don’t deplete our natural resources? You aren’t alone!

How will you mark the day?

  • 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 [email protected] 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.
  • What forest animal are you? A three-toed sloth or a Madagascar giant day gecko? Test your knowledge on forests and sustainable production and consumption with our quiz and find out! Available in 6 languages.