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International Day of Forests - Forests and Education

21 March 2019

Geneva, Switzerland

Learn to Love Forests

The International Day of Forests (IDF) 2019 is celebrated on 21 March 2019 under the theme  “Learn to Love Forests”.  It underscores the importance of forestry education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies. Moreover, forest education is crucial to prevent the alienation between humans and the environment, sensitize society towards a more sustainable lifestyle and to integrate environmental issues into pedagogy.

Humans depend on the natural environment. In order to protect it properly, it is important we all know about the importance of trees and forests. As more people live in cities and become increasingly disconnected from nature, it is nowadays more essential than ever to foster a better understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits to society, especially among children at an early age. 

Forests and Education

This year's celebration of the International Day of Forests will focus on Forests and Education and will see a range of activities in Geneva including a Forest Quiz and an exhibition on the innovative capabilities of forest products. Get inspired with the key messages of the IDF 2019 (pdf). 

The theme of International Day of Forests is decided by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (pdf).

Forest Quiz Time!

How much do you know about forests? - Find out by joining the Forest Quiz on the International Day of Forests 21 March, 12:45-14:30, in the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). Participants will form small groups to answer the quiz master's questions. The fastest correct answer wins - forest prizes are waiting for the best teams.

The Forest Quiz will be organized as a side event to the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 and is a joint effort by PEFC, the FAO Liaison Office Geneva and the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. Mr. Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of PEFC will jointly open the event with UNECE and FAO.

Register for the event at:  https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=_YuKIM

Launch of PEFC micro-documentary series Humans of the Forests

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, combines learning and entertainment in its new project: Humans of the Forests. The video series portrays people around the globe who are in touch with timber and forests in their daily lives, and shows what forests mean to them.

The first videos of the series take us to the Italian village Campi di Norcia, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2016, and to the forest that will give it new life. We meet Anna, a forest manager in Northern Italy, who donated the timber from her forest for the reconstruction of the village, and Roberto, who lost his home in the earthquake and is determined to rebuild Campi di Norcia with PEFC-certified wood.

The stories give an insight into the work of forest managers, women in forestry and the importance of listening to nature, and highlight the impact sustainably managed forests can have for people and communities.

More Information 

The FAO website on the International Day of Forests: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/

The UNFF website on the International Day of Forests: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/outreach/international-day-of-forests/index.html

UNECE/FAO work on Forest Communication: https://www.unece.org/forests/areas-of-work/forestsinformationfcn.html


Feel free to contact Leonie Meier, Theresa Loeffler or Wirya Khim for more information.