21 March: International Day of Forests
The International Day of Forests 2017 was observed globally with the theme ' Forests and energy'.
The Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees and celebrate the ways in which forests sustain and protect us.
This year theme highlights the importance of wood energy in improving the lives of people, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.
The Day was proclaimed through the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on 21 December 2012.
About Wood Energy
• Wood is a major renewable energy source, it provides the world with more energy than solar, hydroelectric or wind power.
• It accounts for roughly 45 per cent of current global renewable energy supply including 27 per cent of energy supply in Africa, 13 per cent in Latin America and Caribbean and 5 per cent in Asia and Oceania.
• Wood energy powers economic development as almost 900 million people, mostly in developing countries, are engaged in the wood-energy sector on a part or full-time basis.
• Wood energy mitigates climate change and fosters sustainable development as forests hold an energy content approximately 10 times that of the world’s annual primary energy consumption.