International Day of Forests marked across the globe

Forests are being celebrated around the world today as the United Nations (UN) holds its first International Day of Forests.

The event aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees, and comes just days before the next UN Forum on Forests, which takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from 8-19 April.

International Day of Forests logo“By proclaiming the International Day of Forests, the UN has created a new platform to raise awareness about the importance of all types of forest ecosystems to sustainable development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

International forestry organisations also emphasised the importance of tree research.

“By bringing relevant and reliable scientific information to national, regional and global policymakers, forest research has a positive on-site impact on livelihoods, environment and sustainable development,” said Niels Elers Koch, President of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

You too can help with vital tree research in the UK by taking part in OPAL’s seventh survey on tree health, which launches in May and has been developed in collaboration with Forest Research and the Government agency FERA.

To get involved with International Day of Forests, you can share your photos of forests and tree planting initiatives online with the UN to show the world how trees and forests make a difference to the community where you live.