Celebrating Forests for People
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Welcome to the International Year of Forests, 2011 (Forests 2011) Web site, a global platform to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
Here, you will find information regarding events being organised throughout the International Year as well as interactive web tools and resources to promote dialogue on forests. Tell us how you plan to celebrate “forests for people” during 2011, so that we may showcase your stories and initiatives through this website.
The official U.S. Celebration of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests!
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This international, yearlong celebration will focus on people’s actions to sustainably manage the world’s trees and forests. Through a resolution passed on December 20, 2006, the United Nations outlined its objectives for the Year which include: to reverse the loss of forest cover, enhance economic, social and environmental benefits, increase the area of sustainably managed forests and to mobilize increased financial resources.
Within the United States, including its eight territories and the District of Columbia, the official campaign will be celebrated on the national, regional, local and personal levels. Using the tagline, “Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life.” the campaign speaks to the importance of trees and forests to people and the connection between U.S. forests and a healthy environment, lifestyle and economy. The connection of forests to health will be communicated through four major themes: clean air and water, ecosystem health, economic health and community and personal health.
Specific goals of the national program include: raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests; elevate the conversation around sustainable forestry; encourage the adoption of the idea that there is a significant value, benefit and importance of sustainable forestry in the U.S.; and establish a new policy regarding forestry in America.
Activities in the United States include a series of events throughout the year and across the nation. From hearings on Capitol Hill to a film festival in Wyoming, the campaign encourages U.S. municipalities, universities, schools, elected officials, corporations and non-profits, among others, to host events in celebration of America’s trees and forests. An interactive website
(www.celebrateforests.com) slated for a full launch in early March will house all U.S.-based information including a master events calendar, event host toolkit, and news on the campaign. The campaign also features presences of popular social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/YearOfForests). (read less)
The “Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life.” campaign is the official U.S. celebration of the 2011 International Year of Forests.
Coordinated by the National Association of State Foresters in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. celebration aims to elevate awareness and understanding of the value of America’s forests and showcase the connections between healthy forests, people, ecosystems and economies.
America’s trees and forests
Daniel Reifsnyder serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Environment and Sustainable Development in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness around the sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests. Forests provide valuable ecosystem services to support biodiversity and to stabilize water, soils, and carbon. They contribute to the livelihoods of millions of people around the globe. And forests provide recreational and cultural spaces worldwide. As we approach Earth Day 2011, we join with other partners in the United States and around the world in celebrating the special role of forests in our lives.
For more information on events and resources for the International Year of Forests, please visit the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Facebook page, celebrateforests.org, and the UN’s website.
You can find Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel A. Reifsnyder’s complete remarks here http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/remarks/2011/160751.htm
Of Forests and Men
From: GoodPlanetorg | Feb 1, 2011 | 18,872 views
Yann Arthus-Bertrand was appointed by the United Nations to produce the official film for the International Year of Forests.
Following the success of Home which was seen by 400 million people, the photographer began producing a short 7-minute film on forests made up of aerial images from Home and the Vu du Ciel television programmes.
This film will be shown during a plenary session of the Ninth Session of United Nations Forum on Forests (24 January – 4 February 2011) in New York. It will be available to all from February 2 — for free — so that it can be shown worldwide.