The Day will celebrate and raise 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 organize activities involving forests and trees.
ITF is happy to celebrate International Day of the Forests with the launch of its new look website, and encourage you to read about our work and how to support it.
The World Rainforest Movement has launched an international appeal to the United Nations and its forest related institutions and initiatives which has been signed by over 300 signatories, stating that forest destruction needs to be urgently halted – and not just “reduced”.
ITF’s Vice Chair of Trustees, crop physiologist and tree biologist Roger Leakey, writes:
“Agriculture has been one of the forces behind tropical deforestation. It has left local people without a traditional source of food – wild fruits, nuts and leaves from indigenous trees. Living with the Trees of Life – Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture describes how these species are now being brought into tropical agriculture in ways that promote food and nutritional security, alleviate poverty through income generation and new cottage industries engaged in product processing and value-adding, rehabilitate degraded farmland and mitigate climate change – killing four or five birds with one stone.
The upshot of this is expected to be the resolution of the big environmental, social and economic issues prevalent in the tropics and currently blighting our world. In addition, because 38% of farmland is degraded, restoring farmland to health and productivity could make deforestation and the loss of its wildlife a thing of the past. If this sounds good, we need to act now to promote this role of trees in the sustainable intensification of modern agriculture.”