Forest Day, now moving into its fifth year, has become one of the most intensive and influential annual global events on forests. At its heart, it is a platform for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to meet once a year to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience. Forest Day presents an opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds and regions to network, share their experiences and debate the pressing issues facing forests around the world.
“For some countries, Forest Day provides a rare chance to interact internationally, exchange knowledge and lessons learned on forests and climate change,” said Felician Kilahama, director of the forest division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania.
Each Forest Day, which takes place annually on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, is designed to inform and engage world leaders, researchers, donors, policymakers, climate change negotiators, media, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations, indigenous peoples’ groups and other forest-dependent people.