International Day of Forests: 21 March 2019

Thu 21/03/19

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day 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 theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2018 was “Forests and Sustainable Cities”. 


2019 celebrations


For the International Day of Forests 2019, the theme is “Forests and Education”.

A number of activities are taking place around the world to celebrate this year's International Day of Forests. There's a Teachers' video contest, a kids' t-shirt competition, and a students' awarenes raising contest.

Key messages of this year's theme include:

  • Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future
  • You're never too young to start learning about trees
  • Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy
  • Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better
  • Women and men should have equal access to forest education


For more information on International Day of Forests, please visit the FAO website.