March 21 is International Day of Forests

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Forest = a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth.


March 21 International Day of Forests
The United Nations General assembly has proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests. Starting in 2013, the day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth.

Click here for the full text of the UN Resolution


Arboles - Oaxaca Wikispace
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Translators for Forests


Oaxaca City's Green Treasure Map
Árboles de Oaxaca
Forum on Latin American Forests
World Trees


Forum on Latin American Forests (FOLAF) Pool
Content from Forests
World Trees Pool

Climate Change

Forest destruction and degradation contributes up to 20% of human greenhouse gas emissions.


Forest Guide
Forum on Latin American Forests
Celebrating the Tule Tree
Follow the Trees to Oaxaca's 2008 Flickrmeet
10+ Ways to Improve Environmental Journalism
Forest LINKS


IUCN Forests


Oaxaca Flickrmeet
Climbing the world's biggest trees - Richard Preston


What's the girth of your country's largest tree?
Where are the oldest trees in the city park?

Recommended Listening

Modelling forests from space
Dr Joe Landsberg, former Chief of the CSIRO Division of Forest Research, talks about the importance of forests for our environment. He's written a book with Dr Peter Sands from Tasmania: Physiological Ecology of Forest Production.

Tree Tours

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Big City, Big Trees - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Listen to the Trees - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Elsewhere on the Web
Forests: Visit Them, Conserve Them
Forest Conservation Portal
Rainforests - Nick Carter
Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Rainforests - Discovery Channel
International Forestry Cooperation
Forestry Advisers Network (CFAN)
Lasting Forests
Exploring the Rainforest
Cloud Forest Alive
Tropical Hardwood Trees
Proyecto Forestal de Nicaragua
Tropical Forests of Suriname
Forestry - FAO
Tree TV
Global Forest Watch
World Rainforest Movement (Movimiento Mundial por los Bosques)
North American Forest Commission
Forests, Trees and People
Collaborative Partnership on Forests - FAO

Plantation Definition


If the forests turn REDD - Enthusiasts say the REDD program is important because it ties forest preservation to the pressing issue of global climate change mitigation. But the detractors say it’s likely to be ineffectual at best; and at worst, could help fuel further corruption.
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)


The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization founded in 1993 to "support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests." Members include representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people's organizations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organizations from around the world.
Forest Stewardship Council
2002 General Assembly - FSC
Certification - FSC
Press Releases - FSC
Mailing List - FSC
Forest Stewardship Council - United States

FSC Policy Reviews

Red Participacion
Forest Stewardship Council Objectives
Saving the Wood - The Ecologist
Timber Certification Tainted - ENS
Rainforest Foundation
Myth and Reality of the Forest Stewardship Council - Rainforest Foundation
Trading in Credibility - Rainforest Foundation (PDF File)
Forest Certification Watch
Concerns over Current FSC Certification of Plantations – Ricardo Carrere/World Rainforest Movement


Canada's Model Forest Program
Canadian Forest Service
Sustainable Forest Management Network
Canadian Model Forests Network
International Model Forests Network

South America

CONAF (Chile)
Consolidacion de la Region Amazonica (COAMA)
Legal Reforms in Bolivia in the 1990s: Challenges and Opportunities for Decentralization, Indigenous Rights and Forest Management - Byron Real


Missing the Forest for the Fees - Kimberly Lisagor/Mother Jones
Forest History Society
USDA Forest Service
National Register of Big Trees

World Spotlight
Center for International Forestry Research
CIFOR forests blog
@cifor_forests CIFOR Latinomerica Facebook
Global Perspectives on Indigenous Peoples Forestry


Timber is a renewable resource.

international year of forests (2011)


2011, International Year of Forests

In 2006, the U.N. General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests. (FAO had declared 1985 the International Year of the Forest.) The slogan this year is “Forests For People."

Forest Day is one of the most influential platforms for stakeholders with an interest in forests and climate change to share their views and work together, to ensure forests remain high on the agenda for global strategies to address climate change. -
Welcome to the International Year of Forests, 2011 (Forests 2011) Web site, a global platform to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Here, you will find information regarding events being organised throughout the International Year as well as interactive web tools and resources to promote dialogue on forests. Tell us how you plan to celebrate “forests for people” during 2011, so that we may showcase your stories and initiatives through this website.

Recent Events
May 5-6 Forests Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia; hashtag: #ForestsAsia; Twitter: @CIFOR

COFO 22 will review the state of the world’s forests, focusing on their socioeconomic benefits and related questions, including income and employment; ownership and management rights; wood energy and forest products in housing. In this context, it will examine forest policy measures that promote sustainable production and consumption; access to resources, markets and financing; equitable benefit sharing; and valuation of forest products and services.

series of meetings and events sponsored by FAO and its partner organizations and institutions. The World Forest Week is an opportunity for sharing state-of-the-art knowledge and major accomplishments and achievements.

COFO 22 and World Forest Week will be held in Rome at FAO next week. A special session on the World Parks Congress with emphasis on Stream 4 (Supporting Human Life) will be held on Friday 27 June 2014 from 11h50-12h20, CET.
Provisional Agenda
Draft schedule

Buzzword Bingo

Bark - Biodiversity - Biophany - Campfire - Climate Change - Dead Trees - Girth - Indigenous - Leaf - Old Growth - Roots - Senses - Soundscape - Solstalgia - Story - Tree of Life - Wildlife

Artwork / Cue Yourself

Language is an old-growth forest of the mind


Cuida tu bosque