International Day of Forests 2016

International Day of Forests 2016

Posted by Connor Whelan on 21st Mar 2016

Whilst it may not be one of the more glamorous and well-known “days” we have told you about here at The Great Projects, it is one of the most important. International Day of Forests takes place every year on the 21st of March and it aims to raise awareness of the importance of the different types of forests found all around the world.

Thick Forest

Forests currently cover one-third of the earth’s surface and they play a crucial role as the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land. They are home to more than 80% of all of the terrestrial species of animals, plants, and insects and they also provide homes, jobs, and security for many forest-dwelling communities the world over.

Forests are incredible places but people simply don’t know too much about them. They help to sustain wildlife and plant life, but did you know that they also play a crucial role in human populations too? For example, forested watersheds hold around 75% of the world’s fresh water supply, and almost one-third of the world’s biggest cities rely on forests to get their drinking water.

International Day of Forests

However, even with all of these priceless ecological, environmental and health benefits, deforestation continues at an unsustainable rate. Every year around 13 million hectares (or around 13 million rugby pitches) are cut down to supply the timber and palm oil trade amongst others. This simply cannot continue and something needs to be done. Let’s all use today to raise awareness and get everybody talking about how we can help the forests!

If you want the chance to volunteer with endangered animals in their forest homes before it is too late, then take a look here at some of our projects.


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