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Celebrating International Day of Forests in Singapore

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

How have forests affected your life today?

Do you know Singapore has over 2,000 ha of forest area? That is almost 4% of Singapore’s land!

You might be wondering why this matters, but we depend on forests for our survival. Forests produce the air that we breathe, the food we eat, and the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change. Forestry products are also a vital part of our daily lives in more ways than we can imagine.

What is the International Day of Forests?

Image of Clementi Forest in Singapore
Clementi Forest, Singapore

Celebrated all over the world on March 21st annually, the International Day of Forests is to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to participate in local, national, and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees. This year’s 2022 theme is “Forests and sustainable production and consumption”.

We are especially excited about this year’s theme because it shares the need to shift away from unsustainable practices that drain our natural resources and damage vital ecosystems is essential to creating a future where people and nature can thrive.

6 Reasons to celebrate International Day of Forests

1. Our forests create jobs

Arborist and director of Streetscape Singapore

Ms Ow Siew Ngim Arborist & Director (Streetscape), in Singapore