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The International Day of Forests has been recognized to be on 21st March every year through a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. The recognition happened on 28 November 2012. Every year, different events are held to mark the occasion. The idea is to celebrate as well as raise awareness about the importance of various kinds of forests as well as the trees outside of forests. This is for the benefit of the present as well as the future generations. Countries are provided with the encouragement to take up such efforts in order to organize local, national, as well as international activities which involve forests and trees. They include efforts like tree plantation campaigns on the International Day of Forests. It is also called IDF.

The United Nations Forum on Forests assists in the implementation of events in collaboration with governments across the globe. The Food and Agriculture Organization is also part of the efforts. A Collaborative Partnership on Forests together with international, regional as well as sub-regional organizations has been formed for the observance of the International Day of Forests. For the first time, the Day was observed on 21 March 2013.

International Day of Forests: They Are Part of Our lives

We rarely make the connection while drinking a glass of water, writing a notebook, taking medicines or building a house. However, there are several aspects of our life which are connected with forests in one way or the other. The sustainable management as well as use of resources like forests, inclusive of various ecosystems, is the key to combat climate change. This will contribute to prosperity as well as well-being of the present and future generation. Forests play a critical role for poverty alleviation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 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.

This International Day of Forests is meant to promote education to Learn to Love Forests. The Day highlights the significance of education in achieving sustainable forest management as well as biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests translate into resilient and healthy communities together with prosperous economies and countries. Lets love our forests and protect them.

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