The theme of this year’s International Day of Forests on 21 March is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”.
Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter.
Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate.
Therefore, when we take steps to restore a forest, we play a part in something much bigger.
We’re making a better world for our health and for the health of future generations
PHOTO:©Jessica Kerr (The photo was part of a UNEP contest on forests.)
By replanting and managing our forests sustainably, we
- create new spaces for animals and plants to thrive
- promote economic activity that brings work and improves lives
- make a real impact on climate change
- improve the quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink
- create a healthy environment for our children to thrive.
It’s never too late to take action.
Let’s restore our forests and create a better future.