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The International Day of Forests

Posted by on March 10th 2016

Every year on the International Day of Forests [March 21st] we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.

   

Did you know? 

  • Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater
  • About one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas
  • Forests act as natural water filters
  • Climate change is influencing the availability of water resources

    Find out about how forests contribute to our water needs by reading our key messages on forests and water.

See the UN site from which this is a quote.