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Forests and Education: A 2019 celebration of the International Day of Forests
21 Mar 2019 -  A special event in celebration of the International Day of Forests. The theme of the 2019 celebration is “Forests and Education” to highlight the importance of all forms of education in promoting sustainable forest management.
Forests are among the world’s most productive renewable natural resources, providing sustainable paths to development as a key driver of economic growth while providing livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people, particularly in rural areas. Education is a key enabler for sustainable development, and for the sustainable management of forests. Learning about forests, and their sustainable management is not just good for the environment, it is the foundation for sustainable livelihood and communities.Throughout human history, forests and trees have been connected to learning, wisdom and enlightenment. Forests and trees have served as outdoor classrooms, providing healthy learning-locations for outdoor-education and fostering environmental stewardship in children from an early age. The theme is of particular relevance to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and SDG15 and SDG4 in particular.
The event will be comprised of an opening segment, an interactive panel discussion and a general discussion.