Cover with the ‘Europa 2011 - Forest’ stamp, posted on May, 5 2011.
(A very special thanks to my friend Igor Adolph)
Germany - Europa 2011 'Forest' (Stamp)
Germany - Europa 2011 'Forest' (Miniature sheet)
Series "Europe" Forest
The United Nations declared 2011 the International Year of Forests. In all 48 member countries of the European organization "PostEurop" Therefore, a European trademark on "forest" is published.
The biological, ecological and climatic role of forests for life on earth is of inestimable value. The loss of forests means the loss of biological diversity and climate change.
Since time immemorial, people also use the forests. The clearing of forests for non-simultaneous afforestation have been hurt earlier cultures such that they are no longer existent. But the man apparently has not learned much from it: the reckless deforestation in tropical rain forest, the rigorous cases of ancient trees and not quickly replaceable have already led to significant changes in the flora, fauna and climate. Why is the preservation, reforestation of forests to one of the biggest global challenges? Also, the preservation of the environment is of paramount importance to the trees: Trees can only grow there, where it is in the course of a year long period over 5° C, otherwise the production of wood pulp, the lignin synthesis no longer work.
Even in Germany, the forest has shrunk enormously. It only remained about a third of the area is covered with forest. The forest to protect and reforest the world means to begin their own front door, in their own country.
Date of Issue: 05 May 2011
Subject: Light in the forest
Designer: Prof. Hans Peter Hoch, and Andreas Hoch, Baltmannsweiler
In this country decorating marigold (Tagetes hybrids) in sulfur-yellow, orange or golden brown colours fill the flower beds in gardens, parks and traffic islands. The genus Tagetes includes about 50 species and countless varieties and belongs to the Aster family. The wild species of Tagetes colonize sunny and dry slopes of Mexico and Texas to Argentina. Only one species occurs in Africa. For the gardener Tagetes two properties are important: the plants are easy to cultivate, and their flowering period extends from May until the first frost, so about six months. In the U.S., and recently also with us, the anise-tasting Tagetes lucida is used "as a culinary herb" tarragon to flavour.