Forests and Biodiversity

Patrollers working to maintain the forests in Vietnam

Asian Development Bank

The International Day of Forests (IDF) celebrates, raises awareness, and highlights the importance of all types of forests. On this day, countries are encouraged to work towards conserving and managing forests sustainably.


This year, the IDF theme is Forests and Biodiversity. Forests serve as the home for about 80% of life on land in the world and host an amazing variety of wildlife. More than a billion people depend on the world's forests for food, shelter, energy, and income. Therefore, it is important that we protect biodiversity from serious deforestation threats, forest degradation, and climate change.


United Nations Development Business (UNDB) and its partners support the preservation of forests and its unique biodiversity. Through various international development projects, countries around the world have been able to improve ecosystems and sutainably manage their forests.

In Vietnam’s Central Highlands farmers have partnered with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to make the shift to sustainable agriculture. The Poverty and Environment Fund (with support from ADB) has improved the farmers livelihoods while protecting the forests.

Watch how these farmers help preserve the region’s majestic forests:


“Where farmers might once have cleared trees for crops, they are now working to protect them.”

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

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