World Forest Day

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Overview:

World Forest Day, also known as International Day of Forests, is celebrated on March 21 each year.

About World Forest Day

  • It is celebrated every year to remind people of the significance of forests and trees in our lives.
  • The day aims to respect and promote the value of a wide range of forests. Countries are encouraged to take part in regional, global, and local drives to set up a scope of forest and tree-related campaigns, like planting campaigns.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Forum on Forests are the coordinators of the International Day of Forests.
  • It is observed on March 21 every year.
  • History:
    • In 1971, the General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture proposed that we should celebrate a day dedicated to forests.
    • March 21 was chosen as World Forestry Day by the United Nations as it coincides with Vernal Equinox and Autumn Equinox in northern and southern hemispheres.
  • The theme for this year is - Forests and Innovation: New Solutions for a Better World. 

Q1) What is the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)?

It is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Source: World Forestry Day 2024: Date, history, significance and all that we need to know