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International Day of Forests

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International Day of Forests raises awareness on forests and trees, including their role in climate change.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day of ForestsEnglish
Día Internacional de BosquesSpanish
היום בינלאומי של יערות והעציםHebrew
اليوم الدولي للغابات والاشجارArabic
국제 산림 날과 나무Korean
Internationaler Tag des WaldesGerman

International Day of Forests 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

International Day of Forests 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015
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March 21 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The day also addresses issues such as deforestation.

Forests are an integral part of survival on Earth.

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Celebrate International Day of Forests

The UN works with governments, community organizations, and the general public to promote both local and global activities for the International Day of Forests. Activities include:

Public life

International Day of Forests is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About International Day of Forests

Forests cover about one third of the world’s land mass. Roughly 1.6 billion people, including more than 2000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests are vital to the planet for many reasons, including:

The UN first celebrated the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2013. This initiative follows from the International Year of Forests.

Did you know?

Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, according to the UN.

International Day of Forests Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuMar 212013International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 212014International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 212015International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 212016International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 212017International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 212018International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 212019International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 212020International Day of ForestsUnited Nations observance 
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