21st of March 2013 is the first official celebration of the International Day of Forests, and will be dedicated to “raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests,” according to the U.N. resolution adopted at the end of 2012. FOREST EUROPE foresees a great year for pan-European forest, where a legally binding agreement should be ready for endorsement by the Ministers of the members States in an Extraordinary Ministerial Conference to be held in Madrid.
Starting in 2013, United Nations proclaimed 21st of March of each year the International Day of Forests after “the useful contribution of national, regional, and international actions during the International Year of Forest 2011 to raising awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and trees outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations”.
Ingwald Gschwandtl, Forest Communicators Network leader, considers that “ this development is clearly a successful implementation of the following recommendation given in Chapter F) of our Strategic Framework for Forest Communication in Europe, which says: Capitalise on existing international days related to forests and support efforts to formally recognise a UN International Day of Forests. This important step represents an excellent opportunity for concerted communication activities throughout the planet”.
FOREST EUROPE encourages supporting all the activities dedicated to raise awareness of our forests, including tree-planting campaigns and walks carrying cameras, so we all can participate in a video and photo contest