learning about forests themes

A theme can provide some common ground and a focus or framework for LEAF projects in different countries. The LEAF programme announces a new theme annually based on the recommendations of the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Forestry Department. While working on a LEAF Theme, countries should cover all aspects of a forest: ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects. This year’s theme is FORESTS AND EDUCATION.

The LEAF programme itself is aligned with the three pillars of Education for Sustainable Development (Economy, Education and Society) and all LEAF themes are in line with ESD.

New and existing countries are encouraged, but not required, to work through a theme, focusing on one per year. Some example of past themes can be found below and to get more information on these themes, please have a look at this document:

While such weighty themes can be tackled in a myriad of ways, it is often useful to bear in mind the concept of subthemes, topics that are part of the discussion on the bigger issues but are generally unique in terms of culture and geography. Examples of these subthemes are listed below. You can learn more about the LEAF Sub themes of laws & codes, forest & myths, creativity & innovation by clicking here.

21st March: International Day of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st of March the International Day of Forests in 2012. This Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

Owing to the relevance of these topics in a LEAF context, Learning about Forests has elected to follow these themes and adopt them as their own on a yearly basis.

While working with these themes is far from mandatory, they do offer a focal point for schools who wish to address an aspect of forests that is contemporaneous to the global situation. Projects can be undertaken and shared and compared with other schools in the network.

On the 21st of March 2019, the FAO launched a new theme: forest & education. We invite you to share this video in order to promote the International Day of Forests.