Celebrating forests’ role in combatting climate change

ForestDay21 March is the International Day of Forests, and the theme of this year’s observance of the Day is climate change. Forests and climate are inextricably linked, forests generate oxygen, store carbon, conserve soils, and build resilience to natural and man-made disasters.

An estimated 17 percent of global human-generated carbon dioxide emissions stem from loss of forests due to deforestation and land-use changes. At the same time, healthy forests can regulate climate and rainfall patterns, while also absorbing and storing carbon in their biomass, soils and products.

In its resolution 67/200 of 21 December 2012, the General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day of Forests to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests and requested DESA’s UN Forum on Forests Secretariat in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to facilitate the implementation of the International Day of Forests, in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and international, regional and subregional organizations and processes as well as relevant major groups.

At UN Headquarters, UN DESA’s UNFF Secretariat is holding a special event in celebration of the International Day of Forests on Friday, 20 March 2015 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the Economic and Social Council Chamber.  The event entitled “International Day of Forests: Create a Climate Smart Future” will focus on showcasing forest-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development more broadly.

The UNFF Secretariat will also engage in a 21 day social media campaign starting 1 March, which will showcase inspiring films and forest heroes, beautiful award winning forest photographs, as well as interesting forest factoids. In addition a range of multi-media products are being made available online to support International Day celebrations around the world – which include forest films, art and photo materials as well as design products such as banners, posters and postcards.

Discover and amplify the complete and highly visual campaign by following @UNDESA on Twitter – and the hashtag #IntlForestDay – or connect with us on Facebook.com/joinUNDESA.

For more information: UN Forum on Forests Secretariat