Monday, October 17, 2011


Portugal's Souvenir Sheet
Azores's Souvenir Sheet
Madeira's Souvenir Sheet
FDC Stamps
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests intends with this initiative to raise awareness and mobilize the international community - governments, organizations and citizens in general - to the knowledge of the crucial importance of this immense, complex, diverse and fragile natural resource which are renewable forests.

Forests are the most powerful symbol of nature and provide, directly or indirectly, a very diverse set of goods and services of the highest economic value, social, cultural and environmental. No other natural resource has provided the man with so great a plurality of essential goods and services, but also looks, symbols and emotions such as forests.

There was always a very close connection between human history and the history of forests since the time when the natural forest, dense and extensive, was the cradle, the refuge and food base of primitive man to the present day, when civilization and development is often built at the expense of the forest, a long, long process of deforestation.

The forests now represent about 30% of land area, 80% of all biodiversity and are a place of shelter and livelihood for a significant part of humanity. The management, conservation and sustainable development of forests has become the central issue of international debate on forests and combating environmental threats that confront the planet: deforestation, desert encroachment, reduction of biological and genetic diversity, and changes vegetation decline climate.

Portugal is a country of forests! The forest covers 39% of the country, which is one of the highest rates of afforestation of the European Union. Our climate is conducive to forestry and sustainable forest development is a national strategic challenge, a multifunctional perspective, which brings together broad consensus in the country. The forestry sector is one of the most dynamic and competitive exporters of our economy, representing about 3% of our GDP, industrial production 12%, 11% of our exports and more than 260 000 jobs.

Reflecting the country's ecological diversity, the Portuguese forest is composed of a significant wealth of forest species, either natural or naturalized, or exotic, yet the pine, eucalyptus and cork together occupy 2 / 3 of forest cover and the base are the three main industrial procedures. They are still the highlight of pine (4%), holm oak (13%), oak (5%) and chestnut (1%). A highlight for the cork oak tree, "Tree symbol of Portugal" producer of cork, we are the largest producer, the largest processor and the largest exporter worldwide.

Also noteworthy was the Autonomous Region of Madeira, which has the largest patch of laurel forest of Macaronesia, and that is in a better state of preservation, giving it the classification of UNESCO World Natural Heritage. The scenic beauty and the peculiarities of Laurel have greatly contributed to tourism and sports nature.

Highlights also include the Azores where in their "nine islands of the mist," true sanctuary of nature, are remnants of flora from other times, important forest reserves, forests for the production of Cryptomeria and a great appreciation of their forest areas the standpoint of tourism and recreation.

Portugal's heart and soul with the International Year of Forests, whose celebrations are organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and the National Commission for UNESCO.

The CTT of Portugal join this project, through a set of stamps that, under the aegis of PostEurop, Europe is the issue - Forests.

Jose Neiva Vieira / National Forest Authority

Technical Details
Date of Issue: 16 May 2011
Values: Three stamps of €0,68
Designer: Atelier Acácio Santos / Túlio Coelho
Printer: Cartor Security Printer
Process: 4-colour offset lithography
Size: stamps 40.0 mm x 30.6 mm
Perforation: Cross of Christ 13 x 13
Paper: FSC 110g/m2
Sheet: sheets of 50 stamps

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