International Day of Forests

Understand the different roles forests play.

The 21st March is the International Day of Forests, a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of trees and forests in all countries. Forests are essential for planetary health and human well-being. Forests cover nearly one-third of the Earth’s land surface and provide people with goods such as timber, fuel, food and fodder, help combat climate change, protect biodiversity, soils, rivers and reservoirs, and serve as areas where people can get close to nature.

The expectations for forests are high and they are subject to many and varied demands, but not all of these demands are necessarily compatible, resulting in debates on the role of forests and their multiple products and services.

What do you see when you think about forests?

A scenic landscape you want to spend time in?

A treasure you want to hand over in good shape for your children?

Enjoying sustainable wood based products like paper, textiles and wooden furniture for your house?

A refuge for biodiversity in which you can experience nature and see wildlife?

A major carbon sink that helps mitigate climate change?

This video covers the facts and questions about forests in the EU.

Bringing  together 12 questions and the key research findings on EU forests and their benefits to society.  This video aims to educate us about some of the many contributions of EU forests.  The European Forest Institution (EFI) has selected the following areas in particular: bioeconomy, civil protection, climate protection and adaptation to climate change, forestry, impact on global forests and nature conservation.


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