The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) will commemorating International Day of Forest on Wednesday 21st March, 2018.  The theme for this year’s International Day of Forest is “Forests and Sustainable Cities”.

Sustainable management of all types of forests are at the heart of unlocking the challenges of conflict-affected, developing and developed countries. Here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, being surrounded by Forest, it is of utmost importance to celebrate International Day of Forest and realize the importance of the Forest we have around us.

Key message for 2018:

  • Forests and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in and around urban areas.
  • Trees also improve the local climate, helping to save energy used for heating by 20-50 percent.
  • Urban trees are excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants in the air and fine particulates.
  • Trees reduce noise pollution, as they shield homes from nearby roads and industrial areas.
  • Forests in and around urban areas help to filter and regulate water, contributing to high-quality freshwater supplies for millions of people. Forests also protect watersheds and prevent flooding as they store water in their branches and soil.
  • Well-managed forests and trees in and around cities provide habitats, food and protection for many plants and animals, helping to maintain and increase biodiversity.
  • Forests in cities and surrounding areas generate tourism, create thousands of jobs and encourage city beautification schemes, building dynamic, energetic and prosperous green economies.
  • Urban green spaces, including forests, encourage active and healthy lifestyles, improve mental health, prevent disease, and provide a place for people to socialize.

By commemorating International Day of Forest we hope to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Encourage individuals to think about what the forest means to them and the benefits of conserving it for present and the future generations.
  • Provide a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees.
  • Discover the vital role that the Forest plays in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.
  • Celebrate the ways in which the forest sustain and protect us.

The National Parks Rivers and Beach Authority (NPRBA) in collaboration with other agencies such as the Forestry Department, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Sustainable Development Division, Environmental Health Division and the Fisheries Division is hoping to coordinate individuals to come out and protect our forest on Wednesday March 21st, 2018.