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 2014 is "Our Forests | Our Future".

2014 Theme: Our Forests, Our Future

International Day of Forests photo gallery

Photo gallery: See how people around the world celebrated the Day.

Pupils of Bastos Primary School in Yaounde, Cameroon

2014 Events

  • Forest Film Festival
    17 - 20 March 2014
    United States of America, New York, UNHQ

  • Art and Photo Exhibit
    Organizer: UNFF
    17 - 28 March 2014
    United States of America, New York, UNHQ

  • International Day of Forests webcast and seminar: FAO's Global Forest Monitoring
    Organizer: FAO
    21 March 2014 09:00
    Italy, Sheikh Zayed Centre, FAO, Rome
    Miscellaneous documents: Programme (English) | RSS Technical Brief (English) | Seminar report (English)

  • Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development
    Organizer: UNFF
    21 March 2014 10:00
    United States of America, New York, UNHQ

  • International Day of Forests commemoration
    Organizers: Zimbabwe Department of Environment, Water and Climate; Zimbabwe Forestry Commission and FAO
    21 March 2014
    Zimbabwe, Sango raSekuru Nehoreka Forest, Mahusekwa
    Documents: IDF celebrations report (English) | Minister statement (English) | Programme (English)

  • Native Tree Identification on the International Day of Forests
    Organizer: Atlantic States Legal Foundation
    21 March 2014
    United States of America, Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse
    Documents: Flyer (English)

  • Forests for Fashion - Fashion for Forests conference and exhibition
    Organizers: UNECE, UNOG, FAO, Permanent Missions of Switzerland, Russian Federation and Italy
    21 March 2014
    Switzerland, Palais des Nations, Geneva
    Documents:Event summary (English) | Invitation (English)

  • Inauguration de la Journée internationale des forêts
    Organizer: Office français de la Fondation pour l'Education à l'Environnement en Europe
    21 March 2014
    France, Rocquencourt, France

  • International Day of Forests, Bangkok
    Organizer: FAO
    21 March 2014
    Thailand, Bangkok
    Documents: Video (English) | Brochure (English) | Report (English)

  • International Day of Forests, Costa Rica
    Organizers: National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of Costa Rica together with the National Forest Financial Fund (FONAFIFO)
    21 March 2014
    Costa Rica
    Documents: Mapa de Tipos de Bosque de Costa Rica, 2013 (English)

  • International Day of Forests, Indonesia
    Organizer: Ministry of Forestry
    21 March 2014
    Documents: Ministry of Forestry report (Bahasa) (English) | Our forest is our future: activity report (English) | Photos (English)

  • International Day of Forests, Philippines
    Organizer: Forest Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
    21 March 2014

  • Sowing seeds for the International Day of Forests
    Organizers: Finnish Forest Association, Finnish Forest Research Institute
    21 March 2014

  •  Tree plantings and workshops
    Organizer: Forestry Company Vojvodinašume
    21 March 2014
    Serbia, Novi Sad

  • Use Forests, Preserve Forests Symposium
    Organizer: Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
    21 March 2014
    Japan, Waseda University, Tokyo