The Green Wave Initiative

The Green Wave is an education and awareness raising initiative led by the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. It aims to engage youth and bring attention to the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, with a particular focus on the value of trees.

To join the Green Wave you must organize a tree planting event and register your tree(s) on the Green Wave website.  Events can take place in advance of or on the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22nd . Starting in eastern time zones and traveling West Green Wave events will create a "green wave" of trees around the world.

Learning about biodiversity, planning an event, choosing an appropriate tree species, and committing to its care are all important elements of the Green Wave. Educational resources are available for participants. 

Photos and summaries of your event can be uploaded onto the Green Wave website. On May 22nd an online interactive map will plot Green Wave plantings at the same time in each time zone to create an online "green wave".

The Green Wave provides an opportunity to participate in a globally coordinated event and raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services in your community. Inviting a local personality may create further awareness of your Green Wave event.

Although children and youth are the primary target audience for the Green Wave, participation is encouraged from national and sub-national government departments, national and provincial parks agencies and conservation authorities, non-government organizations, academic institutions, news agencies and businesses.

The Green Wave will continue throughout the UN Decade on Biodiversity.