2020 International Day Of The Forest

Celebrating International Day Of The Forest with stunning images, poetry film, and art and the connections between forests and the rich biodiversity they support.

#IntlForestDay


Did you know that #forests are home to 80% of all the #plant, #insect and #animals species on land? More than 2,000 #indigenous cultures depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter. Forests are important #carbon sinks. They absorb about 2 billion tonnes of #carbondioxide annually. Sustainably managing forests is therefore critical for closing the emissions gap and limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels.


Winners of International Day of Forests 2020 photo contest announced.


Stunning images from the #Philippines and #Madagascar have won the International Day of Forests 2020 photo contest, which celebrated the astonishing biodiversity of the world’s forests.


Over 380 participants from 72 countries submitted photos capturing forest plants and animals that they considered extraordinary and unusual – whether due to their appearance, behaviour, unique benefits or value to forest communities.


Andry Malalan Ny Aina Rakotondrazafy The Verreaux Moonwalker

Glen Tiondo from the Philippines won the children’s category with his photo “Insect-Eating Plant”.Miharisoa Salome Ratovo from Madagascar won the youth category with her photo “Camouflage, Blend into the Environment”.Andry Malalan Ny Aina Rakotondrazafy from Madagascar won the adult category with his photo “The Verreaux Moonwalker”.

.Miharisoa Salome Ratovo “Camouflage, Blend into the Environment”

The International Day of Forests is observed each year on 21 March and celebrates the importance of all types of forest. Did you know that forests are home to 80% of all the plant, insect and animals species on land?


Glen Tiondo “Insect-Eating Plant”

Gerardo Cruz, president of the indigenous community of #BocaIsiriwe displaying their beautiful home. More than 2,000 indigenous #cultures depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicines, fuel, food and shelter.

© UNDP Peru / Mónica Suárez Galindo.

"2020 has been referred to as a “Nature Super Year” and must be the year where we turn the tide on deforestation and forestry loss.' #UN Secretary General António Guterres

Photography, poetry, and film By Members of Ancient and Sacred Trees.


AST member Meredith Miller Newell said "Pisgah National Forest, NC. I went on a hike further back into the woods where there are less people and came across this tree. I felt very drawn to it, almost felt like a sacred place. This place had a stillness to it - undisturbed (or very little at least), and quiet. I felt as if I was encroaching on their land, like I was a foreigner or outsider. Hard to explain but it moved me in a profound way."


Pisgah National Forest, NC Meredith ©Miller Newell

Tana Mahutu - Lord of the forest. New Zealand's largest Kauri tree, which is 1500 to 2500 years old. Named after the Maori god of the forest and birds in Northland, New Zealand.


Tana Mahutu - Lord of the forest ©Terry Evans

Member Veronica Aldous wrote this beautiful poem...

Fir Green.

The #woods are holding the owls deep in their clefts Their voices hollow out the dark blue void Eyes shut, you are speaking to me, your warm hand Enfolding the day’s essence, a dark chocolate voice Resonates in my heartwood I hear it at night narrating some oaken verse As though a man came out of the greenwood And offered me a mossy seat on a fallen tree To tell me folk stories of golden maids And violet charms that fall at midnight A thread of silver seeps into a bird’s call Bidding the forest to keep its secret.

©Veronica Aldous from her book 'Maja'


Below a film from Oahu, Hawaii by Dalinda Margarita Arteaga Landero


Jitka Havlova from Czech Repbulbic says of the film she made below ...

SPRING IN THE FOREST It is not quite yet, but by its beautiful and powerful life-giving energy it awakens everything living in nature - SPRING. What is the early spring in the forest? In my film, the forest resounds with the lure of the great spotted woodpecker, black woodpecker, a rich range of jay language, which, in addition to its warning cry, can also imitate many sounds, chants and calls (buzzard, blackbird, tit) ... . Near spring, you will also hear the melancholy singing of a robin - a bird with big eyes (it lives in the shade of bushes where it nests on the ground). In the film you will also see a rare salamander (a strictly protected, highly endangered species). The living forest requires the presence of old, often dead trees. Their tribes provide shelter for insects, bats and nesting and food for birds. They are carriers of continuation of life ... they are vital. In the film, the great spotted woodpecker cuts its nesting cavity in such a trunk, the woodpecker enjoys insects in old wood.

SPRING IN THE FOREST It is not quite yet, but by its beautiful and powerful life-giving energy it awakens everything living in nature - SPRING. What is the early spring in the forest? In my film, the forest resounds with the lure of the great spotted woodpecker, black woodpecker, a rich range of jay language, which, in addition to its warning cry, can also imitate many sounds, chants and calls (buzzard, blackbird, tit) ... . Near spring, you will also hear the melancholy singing of a robin - a bird with big eyes (it lives in the shade of bushes where it nests on the ground). In the film you will also see a rare salamander (a strictly protected, highly endangered species). The living forest requires the presence of old, often dead trees. Their tribes provide shelter for insects, bats and nesting and food for birds. They are carriers of continuation of life ... they are vital. In the film, the great spotted woodpecker cuts its nesting cavity in such a trunk, the woodpecker enjoys insects in old wood.



Meanwhile in the UK member Tim Groves had a close encounter ...

Pregnant Deer ©Tym Groves

James Barrow highlights the beauty of insects in this lovely shot from the UK.

Red Admiral on Catkins ©James Barrow

Insect populations have crashed by 75% in large parts of the world due to unsustainable agriculture and industrial and human pollution. Jo Zabor found this spider in Cambodia.


©Jo Zabor

Sonia Hill managed to get this great shot of six red kites.

©Sonia Hill

#ancientandsacredtree #AST members are never short of creative inspiration derived from our forests and woods. Here are some beautiful images.

Cool and Dreamy Forest ©Sarah Jameson

Morning Walk ©Elizabeth Grima

Bluebell Glade ©Jennifer Harrison

Even just looking at an image of nature can improve your wellbeing so just imagine how powerful a forest is! We must do all we can to protect our remaining forests around the world.


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