The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st March as the International Day of Forests in 2012. Ever since the Day is celebrated every year to raise awareness about the significance of forests and biodiversity for humankind and the planet. This year’s theme is “Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption”.
Building on the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use (UNFCCC COP26), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations had organized a webinar on this day on the theme “Sustainable wood for people and the planet” to highlight the relevance of wood for people and planet and showcase benefits of sustainable and inclusive forestry value chains. NCCF had the benefit of participating in this important event.
NCCF is engaged in diverse conservation activities including, development and implementation of globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability certification standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, viz, Forests, Trees outside Forests, Non-Wood Forest Resources, Quality Planting Material, Ecotourism and Protected Areas and Wetlands, etc.
NCCF has been active in policy advocacy for the wood-based industries and on important issues in forestry and environment, in collaboration with diverse stakeholders including Central Ministries, State Governments, Forest and Agriculture Departments, academic and research institutions, forestry and biodiversity experts, civil society organisations, industry, farmers groups and workers bodies etc.
NCCF’s sustainability standards have immense potential to contribute towards sustainable development, sustainable management of forests/trees outside forests, climate action, land restoration and biodiversity conservation.
On this International Day of Forests, let us pledge to restore the health of the planet by preserving our environment, forests and biodiversity.