International Day of Forests and World Planting Day are annual events celebrated on 21st March to raise awareness about the importance of forests and trees for the planet’s health and well-being, honoring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) & SDG 15 (Life on Land).
The theme for the 2023 International Day of Forests is Forests and health, which calls for giving, not just taking, recognizing that healthy forests will bring healthy people as one of the significant challenges facing trees is deforestation which occurs when green areas are cleared for human activities such as agriculture, logging, mining, and urbanization.
Both events serve as a reminder of the crucial role that forests and trees play in sustaining life on the Earth, providing essential ecosystem services, mitigating climate change, and supporting human livelihoods.
In this document, we will explore the significant role the United Arab of Emirates (UAE) and its emirate of Sharjah plays toward planting and saving the environment:
As part of its efforts to implement the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve Net Zero by 2050, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) launched the roadmap for the National Carbon Sequestration Project, which aims to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030, at the national level.
The Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah (EPAA) has organized the activities for the 10th Afforestation Campaign for Al Muntather Reserve 2 in the Al Bataeh area of Sharjah. The initiative attracted the participation of 280 volunteers who represented 46 government agencies and 1,500 students from 58 schools and three universities, who planted 6,000 seedlings of different trees, such as Al Ghaf and Sidr.
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On this Day, we must honor and protect trees, forests and other natural resources. We can do this by planting different types of trees such as date palms, Indian cork and Sidr. These trees provide us with food, oxygen, shade, shelter, and many other benefits.
By planting these trees, we are helping to increase the green cover in our community, which in turn helps improve air quality and reduce global warming. It also provides us with a healthier lifestyle as it helps reduce stress levels and improves mental health. Planting such trees also helps preserve biodiversity — essential for sustaining life on Earth.
On International Forest Day and World planting Day, let us take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature surrounding us and commit ourselves to care for our environment by planting different types of trees. It’s never too late to compensate for CO2 you emit!