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World Forestry Day: Benefits of forests in sustainable cities

International Day of Forests is celebrated on 21st March 2019. Since being announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, this global day of celebration has aimed to raise awareness of the importance of all type of trees and woodland. The theme for 2018 was ‘Forests and Sustainable Cities’, so this year there is also a particular focus on making cities a greener, healthier, happier place to live.

The World Forestry Day was established in the year 1971 at the 23rd General Assembly of European Confederation of Agriculture. And it was decided to be celebrated as an annual event celebration on 21st of March by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. World Forestry Day was established in the Conference of States members of Food and Agriculture Organization by voting to establish it. This event was originated in well planned manner to give support in contributing towards the public awareness about the importance of the forests.

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The key messages of 2019, focusing on the benefits of forests and sustainable cities are:

• The role of trees in mitigating the impact of climate change.

• The positive effects of trees on local climate.

• Urban trees as air filters, removing pollutants and making cities healthier.

• The role of trees in reducing noise pollution in urban areas

• The positive impact of urban green spaces.

• Forests in and around urban areas contributing to water regulating and filtering.

• How urban forests contribute to local economies through city beautification and tourism.

• The provision of renewable energy.

• How trees can provide a source of fruits nuts and leaves to local populations.

Many countries will be marking the day by organising activities such as tree planting campaigns, a list of events can be found at You can also get involved on social media by using the hashtag #intlForestDay. #WORLD FORESTRY DAY SPECIAL,

World Forestry Day 2020


In 2012, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as International Day of Forests or World Forestry Day. It is celebrated worldwide at the international level to increase the awareness about importance of forests, woodlands and trees in our lives.

International Day of Forests/World Forestry Day 2021 is celebrated worldwide with the theme “Forests and Sustainable Cities.”

Mizoram ENVIS Hub in observation of International Day of Forests, 2021 took up following activities.

1. Banner Campaign:

A banner is prepared and put up by Mizoram ENVIS Hub at New Secretariat Complex, Aizawl. Banner campaign was carried out as to create awareness among the pubic especially Government Servant working at New Secretariat Complex.