Arbor Day in Samoa Date in the current year: November 4, 2016

Arbor Day in Samoa Samoa celebrates its Arbor Day on the first Friday in November. It is an important ecological campaign aimed at fighting deforestation and saving the country's rainforest.

Samoa is a small Oceanian country that encompasses the western part of the Samoan Islands. It is located within the ecoregion known as the Samoan tropical moist forests. Tropical moist broadleaf forest covers large portions of the area of the larger islands of the archipelago.

Samoan forests provide habitat to numerous species. About 84% of land birds and 28% of plants within the ecoregion are endemic, many of them are threatened or near extinction. Rare species found in Samoa include the tooth-billed pigeon, the mao, the Samoan white-eye, and the Samoan woodhen.

Since human habitation began, Samoa has lost approximately 80% of its lowland rainforests. In 1994, Samoa ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity to develop national strategies for conservation and sustainable use of its biodiversity. Conservation projects in Samoa are organized in partnership with matai, family chiefs who govern about 81% of Samoa's land.

Arbor Day was established to raise awareness of the threat of deforestation and promote the conservation of the country's biological diversity.

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