Today has been specially earmarked to celebrate ‘The International Day of Forests’ 2019.

At Silverbird Television, we are not left behind to make this day worth celebrating.  This year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests .As this day is being celebrated, there are key facts, and information that surrounds this day, specially meant for forests.

There are facts like: what is the day all about, the theme for this year, who is pioneering this day, why is the day celebrated, what are the benefits of celebrating the day, the relevance the celebration will have on the people and economy, and life style of the general populace and the take home from this special day.

All these facts can be gotten below.

The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.

Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations.

Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns, on International Day of Forests.

The Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization, facilitates the implementation of such events in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and international, regional and subregional organizations.

International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013.

This year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies.

Forests, their sustainable management and use of resources, including in fragile ecosystems, are key to combating climate change, and to contributing to the prosperity and well-being of current and future generations.

Forests also play a crucial role in poverty alleviation and in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Key Take Home

  • Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future.Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030.
  • You’re never too young to start learning about trees. Helping children connect with nature creates future generations conscious of the benefits of trees and forests and the need to manage them sustainably.
  • Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy. While foresters should know and understand nature well, they should also learn to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that our forests are monitored and managed sustainably.
  • Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better. Countries can help ensure there are scientists, policy makers, foresters and local communities working to halt deforestation and restore degraded landscapes.
  • Women and men should have equal access to forest education. Gender parity in forest education empowers rural women to sustainably manage forests.