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International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22)

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Posted on Thursday March 22, 2018

International Day of Forests and World Water Day are both observed annually by all UN member states.

International Day of Forests is held annually on the 21st of March. It highlights the importance of forests to people everywhere.

Locally and globally people depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel and food.
Canada has nearly nine per cent of the world’s forest with over 347 million hectares. [Natural Resources Canada, Feb. 15, 2017]

A collaborative arrangement between the provincial, territorial and federal governments as well as the forest industry ensures that forest monitoring and evidence-based sustainable practices are used. [Natural Resources Canada, Feb. 15, 2017]

Locally, Petawawa is home to one of two national research forests. The Petawawa research forest was established in 1918 and encompasses a 10,000 hectare area. [Natural Resource Canada, Sept. 11, 2015]

The Petawawa research forest has many important studies both short and long term, some of which have been underway for decades.

The purpose of these studies is to promote sustainable forestry within Canada.

World Water Day began in 1993 with the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as the day to refocus our attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainability of global water resources.

As Canadians it is sometimes difficult to understand the problems that plague the globe with regards to accessibility of clean water. According to the UN one in six people do not have access to a safe freshwater resource. It is estimated by the year 2025 close to 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity. [UN Water, 2010]

Each year the UN Water group proposes a theme to focuses on and this year’s theme is wastewater. On average, higher income countries tend to treat a higher percentage of the wastewater that they create.

Globally, close to 80 per cent of the wastewater generated by society is put back into the local ecosystem without being treated of reused. [Sato et. Al, 2013]

Alongside the UN, many non-governmental organizations have used this day to focus attention on the many issues affecting water globally.

To learn more about World Water day please visit their website. http://www.worldwaterday.org/