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International Day of Forests

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

Forests are an integral part of survival on Earth.
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:

  • Tree planting campaigns.
  • Photo exhibits that portray the importance forests and trees.
  • Sharing infographics, videos, news and messages via social and other media.

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:

  • Providing shelter for more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
  • Contributing to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air.
  • Protecting watersheds, which supply fresh water to rivers.

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 

Quick Facts

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

International Day of Forests 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

International Day of Forests 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

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Name in other languages

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
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