Monday, December 2, 2013

2011 The International Year of Forests 4.5.2011

The stamps on this Cyprus FDC were based on the EUROPA theme for 2011, namely, Forests. This Cyprus Post EUROPA Stamp entry was named the winner of PostEurop’s first ever EUROPA Jury Prize Competition which was held Saturday at the prestigious Brussels Town Hall, where an expert jury met and voted through closed ballot.
The International Year of Forests 2011 was established to raise awareness of how forests play an integral part in the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people worldwide, supply the habitat for millions of species, and play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change. 

Deforestation is the biggest threat to the world’s forests, destroying nearly 50,000 square miles per year. Replanting tropical forests will prove to be a critical tool in combating global warming, according to a report released December 9, 2010 by the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Tree planting events in Ethiopia, Georgia, Jamaica, Lebanon, Poland and Korea are among events a number of member states and organizations have indicated their intention to promote to celebrate the International Year of Forests 2011.

Thank you Merja for this lovely FDC.

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