This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.
Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.
Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in the biodiversity section of its programme on Sustainable Development
GDRC therefore reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the International Day of Forests, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, highliting the criticality of good water management for the sustainability of our future.