2011: The International Year of Forests
Forests are crucial for the goods and services they provide, which people all over the world and our environment depend on. The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. The overall objective of this global initiative is to raise awareness about the need to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. The International Year of Forests was launched in February at the Ninth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in New York, USA. Events and activities throughout the world will highlight the key role of forests in our life under the theme "Forests for people". They will illustrate how we can both protect these unique renewable resources while at the same time sustainably use environmentally friendly forest and wood products.
How Europe is taking action
The upcoming FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe on 14-16 June in Oslo, Norway, will be a major European contribution to the International Year of Forest. The European countries will take decisions to meet today’s global challenges and focus on the role of forests in a green economy, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and combating illegal logging. Various activities linked to the conference, such as tree planting and photo exhibitions, aim to engage people, create dialogue and enhance knowledge about forests while emphasising what needs to be done to sustain their health, growth and diversity.
Calendar highlights can be found at the official website of the International Year of Forests 2011: http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/index.shtml