21 March 2017-International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests: Forests and energy  

On 21 March, countries, communities and organizations around the world will celebrate the most important date in the forestry calendar: the International Day of Forests. Tree planting, forest excursions, mini-video shoots and educational activities are among the awareness-raising events taking place under the theme “Forests and Energy”, to encourage more visionary thinking about forests as a source of renewable energy, now and in the future.
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IDF 2017 is a contribution to the The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014–2024). 
 
Visit the FAO Forestry IDF 2017 websiteto learn of the other ways FAO is encouraging the world to support this year’s celebration and how you can join in.

Sustainable wood energy: sparking local and national economic growth
For billions of people in developing countries, wood fuel production and trade is a major economic activity, providing rural women in particular with an important means of income. As forthcoming FAO wood-energy publications will clearly show, long-term investment and policy and fiscal measures favouring the growth of a sustainable woodfuel industry will also lead to larger-scale economic and environmental benefits that align with the SDGs. 
 
Read more soon in the FAO publications to be released on IDF on 21 March.
  • The charcoal transition: greening the charcoal value chain to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods
  • The charcoal transition: greening the charcoal value chain to mitigate climate change and improve local livelihoods –executive summary
  • Incentivizing sustainable wood energy in sub-Saharan Africa: a way forward for policy-makers
  • Forests and energy infographic

Letters for Future