International Day of Forests 2023


Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo) © Karin von Loebenstein

Forests are some of the most biodiversity-rich habitats on Earth and contain 60,000 different tree species and more than 70% of all animal terrestrial species. Forests also play a crucial role in climate regulation and their protection is among the most cost-effective ways to push climate action. Forests fuel our economies and provide invaluable ecosystem services, being vitally important for human well-being and survival. It is estimated that around 1.6 billion people - including indigenous peoples - depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel, food and shelter.