Waterfowls stamps mark Ramsar Conference in Bucharest
Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the Aquatic Birds postage stamps issue on the special occasion of the 11th meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat (COP11 Ramsar), happening in Bucharest, on July 6-13.
According to Romfilatelia release the postage stamp issue includes a philatelic document, he first day cover, a postal stationery a perforated souvenir sheet and five postage stamps illustrated as follows: The European Bee-Eater (Merops apiaster) on the postage stamp with the face value of 1.00 lei; The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) on the postage stamp with the face value of 1.20 lei; The Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) on the postage stamp with the face value of 2.10 lei; Red-Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) on the postage stamp with the face value of 8.10 lei; The Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) on the postage stamp with the face value of 9.10 lei.
The postage stamps issue also contains a special philatelic album, created into a limited edition of 500 copies, including the special block of five postage stamps of the issue, cancelled with the ‘first day’ postmark.
Starting Friday, July 6, 2012, the postage stamps issue ‘Waterfowl’ is available in all Romfilatelia shops in, Bucharest and throughout Romania.
The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, on Feb. 2, 1971 goes down in history as one of the first major international conventions, of significant importance regarding the preservation of the world natural heritage (waterfowl habitat, fauna and flora). Romania ratified the Convention in 1991, and since 1997, the World Wetlands Day has been celebrated worldwide, on February 2.
In June 2012, the Ramsar list of international importance wetlands includes more than 2,000 areas of 162 countries signatories of the Convention. As for Romania, the list of Ramsar Sites contains the following eight wetlands: the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, the Small Island of Braila, the Iron Gates Natural Park, the Comana Natural Park, the Mures Floodplain, the Poiana Stampei Peat Bog, the Dumbravita Fishpond Complex and the Techirghiol Lake.