Wednesday, March 22, 2023
March 21, is the International Day of Forests (IDF) and the theme for 2023 is ‘forests and health.’ First established in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly, 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.
IDF is a call for humanity to consider its relationship with the Earth’s forests and the direct impact they have on longevity and well-being.
According to a statement from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), forests are the lungs of the planet, breathing out clean air and serving as vital carbon sinks that mitigate the effects of climate change. Fewer, however, are aware of the intrinsic links that forests have with our day-to-day health, according to the statement.
Together with global partners, technological solutions have been developed comprising audio and visual monitoring devices, communication networks, cloud, and AI analytics. These can achieve conservation outcomes that would have been impossible even a decade ago.
“With scientific evidence strongly correlating forest health and human health, it is imperative that we keep our forests healthy,” according to the press release. “Our experience so far shows that this approach is working. And that knowledge drives us to keep striving with our partners to help build a healthy, sustainable future for both us and our forests.”
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