Edwin Loyola of the Philippines has won the 2018 International Day of Forests photo contest and a trip to Rome! Over 300 entries from across the world were received, including some superb entries from Africa. Read more here and view the gallery of submissions here.
Did you know that 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and that by 2050 this number could be as high as 70%? As more and more of us live and work in cities, urban forests and trees and the benefits they provide — from filtering the air of harmful pollutants to reducing noise pollution to providing us with food and medicine — become increasingly important.
To celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March and this year’s theme, Forests and sustainable cities, FAO asked people across the world to go outside and take a picture of the forests and trees in their town or city and the people who benefit from them. Trees aren’t only found in forests and can be found along streets, in parks, in front of houses or outside public buildings. Where are the trees in your town or city and how do they help you?
By capturing the trees of towns and cities in photos with the people they benefit, you can help promote the importance of forests and trees to our cities and the many ways we rely on them.