International Day of Forests | Need to safeguard our trees to ensure a better future

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International Day of Forests is observed on March 21 annually. The theme of the International Day of Forests for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.”

It must be mentioned here that the UN General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests in 2012 to raise awareness of the significance of all types of forests.

Every year, on this day, countries are encouraged to organize activities involving tree-planting campaigns.

Importance

This day reminds us about the value of forests in the lives of living creatures. Trees play a crucial role in providing food, water, shelter to animals as well as human beings in numerous ways.

Forests are a sustainable source of resources, acting as indispensable contributors to mitigate climate change.

They provide ecosystem services that are crucial to human welfare. These include:

• Absorbing harmful GHGs (greenhouse gases) that cause climate change

• Providing clean water

• Protecting watersheds

• Reducing or slowing the amount of erosion and chemicals that reach waterways

• Providing food and medicine

• Providing habitat to more than half of the world’s land-based species

To ensure a better future, we need to take care of our forests and the creatures surviving in them.