Arbor Day in Peru Date in the current year: September 1, 2016

Arbor Day in Peru Arbor Day in Peru is celebrated on September 1. This special day was established to raise awareness of the important of trees for the ecosystem and to promote the need to plant trees in order to contribute to reforestation.

Forests and woodland (primarily the Amazonian rainforest) comprise about 66% of Peru's land area. Peruvian forest is marked by a large degree of biodiversity. Deforestation is one of Peru's most important environmental issues. It is caused by human settlement and development of the land, illegal logging, gold mining and oil extraction, and other factors.

Arbor Day in Peru was established to provide an opportunity to reflect on the benefits provided by forest resources and the importance of forest conservation. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, help moderate the climate and reduce erosion, provide timber and fuel. Besides, forests provide a habitat for numerous species of plants and animals. Tropical rainforests, for example, are one of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet.

On Arbor Day, many municipalities launch afforestation campaigns aimed at fighting deforestation and improving the habitat. Numerous educational events and awareness campaigns are held at schools throughout the country.

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