International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide every year on the 21st of March to increase public awareness among communities about the value and significance of our forests.

Despite the forests' priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate— 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This year's theme is “Forests and Climate Change,” to highlight forest-based solutions to address climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development.

Learn more at the United Nations website: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/