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International Day of Forests and the Tree (UN)
March 21, 2014
The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. Forests shelter, nurture and inspire. 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel and food. Forests cover 31% of global land area.
The International Day provides a platform to communicate the vital role forests play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.
Sustainable management of all types of forests are at the heart of unlocking challenges of conflict-affected, developing and developed countries, for the benefit of current and future generations.