International Day for the protection of forests is celebrated every year on March 21.

In the last 20 years, forest areas throughout the world have decreased by more than three times the size of Germany, according to United Nations, and the loss of forests will unfortunately continue. Forests are now vulnerable to poor management, fire, disturbed water regime, bacteria, fungus, soil and water and acid rain.

World Forestry Day is celebrating its 43rd year as a reminder of the importance of forests in society, emphasising the many benefits that they have.

The idea of establishing this event was born on the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture in 1971.

It was elected on March 21 as the day of the autumn equinox in the southern and spring in the northern hemisphere, as a day to celebrate and mark the three key aspects of forestry: protection, production and recreation.