The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st March as the International Day of Forests in 2012. The organisers are the UNFF and FAO of UN in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and other relevant organisations in the field. The theme for this year is Forests and Biodiversity, as forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2020 is Forests and Biodiversity.
NCCF, a not for profit organisation of India, is actively engaged in diverse conservation activities including, development of globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability certification standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, viz, Forests, Trees outside Forests, Non-Wood Forest Produce, Protected Areas and Wetlands, Quality Planting Material, Ecotourism and Biomass & Biofuels, etc., as its core working area, besides policy advocacy, training and capacity building and multi-stakeholder engagement. NCCF promotes sustainable management of natural resources in collaboration with diverse stakeholders including Central Ministries, State Governments, State Forest Departments, academic and research institutions, renowned forestry and biodiversity experts, civil society organisations, forest dwellers, farmers groups and workers bodies, industry and industry associations, etc.
This year, as the social gatherings are prohibited due to outbreak of Corona virus, the events like symposia, planting campaigns, debates and painting competitions have been avoided. FAO has released a message and a video on conservation of forests and biodiversity which are hosted on NCCF’s website for information of our diverse stakeholders and citizens.
On this International Day of Forests, 21 March 2020, let us renew our commitment to preserve our environment, forests and the biodiversity.
Reference message link and video from FAO.