Forests cover one-third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. According to United Nation, 21 March is celebrated as The International Day of Forests. This holiday might not as big as earth day, where they do black out annually, but its purpose is as important as the other big national celebration. Forest is home to more than 80% of animals, plants, and insects. Despite all of these valuable benefits, according to United Nation, global deforestation has reached to 13 million hectares annually. This accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change (Source: United Nation 2016).
Ecotourism is widely touted for its positive impacts, actual or potential, for communities and conservation as well as for companies and consumers. It is commonly argued that among tourism lobbyists and ecotourism operators that while ecotourism will minimize environmental impacts, it will also generate benefits. Protected areas such as forests or national parks also provide a significant advantage for the tourism industry. People visit parks in ever-increasing numbers, and World Heritage Areas, national parks, and similar reserves are major destinations for domestic and international tourists alike.
This article will emphasize on sources to learn about ecotourism, sustainable tour operators, World Heritage Areas, and, National parks that are essential for ones to understand and contribute to the World Forest Day.
United Nation : 2017 Theme – Forests and energy
This year it’s highlighted the importance of wood energy in improving people’s lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change. Click here to read more.
Organization Supporting Sustainability
Sustainable Travel International – Creating the next generation tools required to build knowledge and inspire action at the private, public and civil sector levels for the travel and tourism industry
Sustainable Forestry Initiative – An independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program.
Travel+Social Good – TSG is building a collaborative community that provides the tools and network for changemakers that passionate about transforming the travel industry into a force for good.
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) – Establishes and manages global sustainable standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders
Rainforest Alliance – A green frog certification seal indicates that a farm, forest, or tourism enterprise has been audited to meet standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability
Green Seal – A certification standards that are credible, transparent and essential to helping manufacturers, purchasers and consumers make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life
Sustainable Tour Product
Visit.org – Platform to book authentic experience with do-good organizations
World Heritage Areas
UNESCO World Heritage – The official World Heritage Centre. Detailed listing all the world heritage site
This article is a partnership campaign with Travel Blogger Indonesia (TBI) community to support and create awareness of International Forest Day.
Below are articles (both in English and Indonesian) from other members that support and celebrating movement.
- Albert Ghana – Suatu Pagi di Hutan Desa Benowo, Purworejo
- Atrasina Adlina – Bumi semakin Kerontang, Hutan sering Ditebang
- Edy Masrur – Hutan Jati Sengsara Berbuah Cinta
- Firsta Yunida – International Day of Forests: Stories About The Forest
- Indri Juwono – Gemerisik Hutan Pinus Bandung
- Liza Fatiah – Hutan Wakaf, Sebuah Inisiatif untuk Menghijaukan Aceh
- Olive Bendon – Keluh Kesah Pepohonan
- Parahita Satiti – Cerita Hutan dari Tiga Perempuan
- Rey Maulana – Hutanku Dulu, Hutanku Kini
- Shabrina Koeswologito – Sustainable Travel: A Path Toward Sustainable Forestry
- Titiw Akmar – Hutan Itu Berharga. Hutan Itu Indonesia.
- Tracy Chong – World Forestry Day 2017: Why I Love Forest and You Should, too!
- Yofangga – Pleidoi si Penebang Hutan