Forests are essential to life on our planet and are a source of income and livelihood to many. They provide mitigation and adaption to climate change, adequate supplies of fresh water, biodiversity in nature, food and shelter for humans and animals. Yet this life-sustaining resource is under unprecedented pressure from people, climate and competing socio-economic demands.
StampNews.com recommends our readers to access the new stamp issue offered by South African Post that aims to raise awareness of the environment and especially forests that are the lungs of our planet.
In September this year, the World Forestry Congress was held in South Africa for the first time. Hosted by the South African Government, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the XIV World Forestry Congress took place in Durban from 7 to 11 September. The main theme for this year's congress was "Forests and people: investing in a sustainable future".
The World Forestry Congress was first held in Rome in 1926, and has since become the largest and most significant gathering of the world's forest sector. Held every six years, its objectives are to inform, direct and influence international action in forestry; to elevate the sector's role in global development and to project a new vision for the future. This congress was crucial, as the world was entering a new development era with the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
The set of five stamps was designed by Annemarie Wessels, who worked closely with the DAFF. The stamps cover the main topics to be discussed at the congress, such as transforming livelihoods and forest governance, as well as indigenous forest plants, trees and animals.