By resolution 61/193, the United Nations has declared this year to be the International Year of the Forest. On this occasion, Austria Post, in cooperation with the Austrian Mint, is issuing an attractive commemorative block whose round motif shows typical representatives of the flora and fauna of the Austrian forests.
Roughly 47% of the Austrian territory is forest.
The forest, an important habitat for many Austrian animal species, can without doubt be regarded as a "true performance wonder". It fulfils a large number of irreplaceable functions for us humans and our environment - thus for instance it supplies the renewable, environment friendly and natural raw material wood, for which at present there is hardly any intelligent alternative.
The unique ecosystem of the forest is home to a natural treasure that must be preserved at all costs. The new commemorative block is a small contribution to encouraging the corresponding awareness.