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Let´s celebrate the World Forestry Day on 21st of March, this day commemorates the contribution and value of forests and forestry to the community.

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“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness" - from ’Ode To Trees’ a poem by KAHLIL GIBRAN

World Forestry Day has been celebrated around the world for 30 years to remind communities of the importance of forests and the many benefits which we gain from them. The concept of having a World Forestry Day originated at the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture in 1971. Later that year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation gave support to the idea believing the event would contribute a great deal to public awareness of the importance of forests and agreed that it should be observed every year around the world. March 21, the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere was chosen as the day to be celebrated offering information about the three key facets of forestry, protection, production and recreation.

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FORESTRY, more than other branches of agriculture, is an activity which needs to be brought before the public. But to make the practices and benefits of forestry comprehensible to the public is not as simple as it may at first seem. This is partly because of the long time scale involved in forest management compared to the increasingly rapid pace which modern man has come to accept as normal in so many other activities. In some countries there is also a residue of public suspicion of foresters as the "policemen of the woods" and this has to be overcome.

Every forester appreciates and understands the value of the forest as a source of raw material, as a provider of local employment and national income, as the great sponge which gathers and releases water, as the habitat for flora and fauna that otherwise would become extinct, and as the environment and atmosphere in which man feels uniquely at home with nature. If foresters and forest services talk in plain language about that which they know best, people will listen, understand and be with them.

Sir Frank Fraser Darling rightly says: "Man is weaned of the forest, and yet the forest is still very much a part of us." This is at the root of the concern of so many people today for the preservation of forests and other natural environments.

FORESTS are essential for life on Earth. They give us shade and shelter, refuge and refreshment, clean air and water. Today, with a growing global population and subsequent demand for forest products, the forests of the world are at risk from widespread deforestation and degradation.

A forest, which we usually think of in terms of trees, is in fact a complex, living community. Beneath the forest canopy dwell interdependent populations of plants and animals, while the soil that forms the forest floor contains a large variety of invertebrates, bacteria and fungi which play an essential role in cycling nutrients in the soil and the forest.

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What can I do on World Forestry Day?

Celebrate World Forestry Day by visiting your local forests and learning more about the many contributions they make to our well-being.

Click here to Learn more about the forest

 

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  • by Beyond Human
  • 21/03/2013 At 09:38 (Comment edited 21/03/2013 at 10:08)
This is Shubham Waykole from Beyond Human....i have created a group called Beyond human...We work for wildlife conservation...tackling environmental issues.... i loved the work that's been going on here...we have done campaigns on plantations and we have some innovative ideas which would promote wildlife..... do have a look at our official Beyond Human website www.lovetheroar.com ...like i always say to make a change you have to be one .... :)
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  • by Saif Khan
  • 18/03/2012 At 05:24 (Comment edited 19/03/2012 at 08:43)
 Is there a theme for this year's world forestry day? Is FAO celebrating this year?
  • by adrian2514
  • 31/03/2008 At 21:37 (Comment edited 31/01/2011 at 22:05)

Hey thanks for the great blog, I love this stuff. I don't usually do much for Earth Day but with everyone going green these days, I thought I'd try to do my part.

I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I don't plan on buying a hybrid). Has anyone seen that www.EarthLab.com is promoting their Earth Day (month) challenge, with the goal to get 1 million people to take their carbon footprint test in April- I took the test, it was easy and only took me about 2 minutes and I am planning on lowering my score with some of their tips.

I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

Adrian

links should work now, thanks everyone!
  • by pancho
  • 25/03/2008 At 00:50

Hi to everybody, greetings froms Chile.

I say that if you come to my country, should be see the following trees: Alerce, Araucaria, Lenga y Palma Chilena. They are wonderful and my favorites.

Francisco



  • by lizel
  • 24/03/2008 At 11:43

lets not lose hope.. every effort is worth the try.. URL or othewise, the point is everybody is making this great effort of letting every soul know how important our forest is to our very existence.. the sight is just breath taking,, who would not want to be a part of the green earth?  So, go and share the good news.. the earth is still alive!!!

lizelmac 

 

It's  sad to say it ,but it's true ,the url does not work !

Hi guys

Thought you should know that your url to learn more about the forest does not work.

Maradadirose

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