International Day of Forests 2023

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. 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. The Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization, facilitates the implementation of such events in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and international, regional and subregional organizations.

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Join in celebrating the International Day of Forests 2023 ‘Healthy Forests for Healthy People’ on Tuesday 21 March.

‘Forests and human health’

The UN International Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and this year’s theme focuses on forests and human health.

The theme highlights the important role that forests and forest products play in contributing to healthy societies, and ensuring environmental health. Forests provide natural barriers to disease transmission and vital sources of food and medicine. The presence of forests and timber in our daily lives also boosts mental health.

The day will see the launch of the Global Forest Expert Panel’s Assessment on Forests and Human Health, and the awarding of the ‘Tree Cities of the World‘ title from the FAO. Canberra and several other Australian cities last year earned this designation.

Tune in to events across Australia and the world to celebrate International Day of Forests 2023:


Forestry Australia event

Capacity building in Australian forestry, forest products & carbon

13:00 – 14:00 AEDT

University of the Philippines Webinar

Women in community forestry

16:30 – 20:00 AEDT

MDPI Researcher Presentations

Forests & human & ecological health, forest fires

19:00 – 21:00 AEDT

UN FAO event

Health & forests & next-gen foresters panels, Tree Cities of the World Award

20:00 – 21:30 AEDT

IUFRO event

Launch of the Global Forest Expert’s Panel Assessment on Forests & Health

01:00 – 02:00 AEDT (22 March)

UN Forum on Forests event

Forests & health panel, short films on forests restoration

Webinar: 01:00 – 04:00 AEDT (22 March)

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