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.

Watch the virtual programme for the 2020 International Day of Forests

The programme for the virtual event is available here.

Watch the IDF video spot

IDF 2020 Photo contest winners

Click here for more information on the winners.

Children: 6-14 years old

Glen Tiondo from the Philippines won the children's category with his photo "Insect-eating plant”.

Youth: 15-24 years old

Miharisoa Salome Ratovo from Madagascar won the youth’s category with her photo “Camouflage, blend into the environment”.

Adults: 24 years old and above

Malalan Ny Aina Rakotondrazafy from Madagascar won the adults’ category with his photo of ‘The verreaux moon walker’.

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.