“The International Day of Forests is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of all types of forests and trees to our economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being. However awareness must be coupled with concrete action. As we deliberate on the post-2015 development agenda, let us acknowledge the vital role of forests and pledge to work together to protect and sustainably manage these vital ecosystems.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
And of course, on this day we can’t forget about the world’s “Gardeners of the Forest”, as conservationist Ian Redmond describes animals such as elephants and gorillas.