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


Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019

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 was made between the provincial, territorial and federal governments as well as the forest industry to ensure 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 22nd 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 World Health Organization 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home. 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 ‘Leaving no one behind’. This theme is based on an adaptation of the 2030 goal of sustainable development. The main focus of this goal is to provide clean water and a sustainable water management plan for all by 2030. 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.