International Day of Forests Current Affairs - 2020

March 21: International Day of Forests

Every year, the United Nations celebrate International Day of Forest on March 21. The Day is being celebrated since 2012. It aims to increase awareness and importance of forests. The day also focuses on the significance of trees outside the forests. Also, the day is celebrated to save forests.

This year the day is being celebrated under the theme

Theme: Forests and Biodiversity


The idea of International Day of Forests was introduced at the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture.

Why March 21?

March 21 has been chosen to mark the international day of forests as it is the vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere and autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere. The Vernal Equinox occurs when the earth enters the first spring.


Every year more than 13 million hectares of forests are lost. The mass deforestation results in 12% to 18% of world carbon emission.

International Day of Forests 2019

International Day of Forests 2019 was observed on March 21st with the theme ‘Forests and Education’ to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions.

International Day of Forests 2019 promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. The theme ‘Forests and Education’ 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.

International Day of Forests

March 21st was established as International Day of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on November 28, 2012. International Day of Forests was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013.

International Forest Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On the occasion of 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 of the International Day of Forests provides an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.