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International Day of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.


The organizers are the United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations #FAO, in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and other relevant organizations in the field.


Key facts:

  • Forest are home to 80 % of all know amphibian species.

  • More than 30% of new diseases reported since 1960 are attributed to land use change, including deforestation.

  • Forests contain over ½ the global carbon stock in soils and vegetation.

  • An area roughly the equivalent of 14 million football pitches is lost per year to deforestation.

  • Insect pests damage around 35 million hectares of forest annually.

  • Forested watersheds and wetlands provide 75% of the world´s accessible freshwater.


Source: United Nations




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