41 years ago in Iran, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, in the town of Ramsar, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat was signed on February 2nd and it was ratified by Romania in 1991.
The main goal of the Ramsar Convention is to preserve wetlands, flora and fauna agreeably intertwining in the waterfowl habitat. Moreover, the preservation of these areas is necessary because they are important resources with economic, natural, scientific and recreational value. In June 2012, the Ramsar list of international importance wetlands includes more than 2,000 areas in 162 countries having signed the Convention.
Romania is a country enjoying a great biodiversity, the surface of all protected natural areas accounting for approximately 23% of the country surface. As a matter of fact, the List of Ramsar Sites includes eight wetlands belonging to Romania: the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation, 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.
Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamps issue “Waterfowl” consisting of five postage stamps.
The postage stamp with the face value of 1.00 lei illustrates the European Bee-Eater (Merops apiaster).
The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of 1.20 lei.
The Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of 2.10 lei.
The postage stamp with the face value of 8.10 lei illustrates the Red-Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis).
The Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of 9.10 lei.
The issue is completed by the philatelic document created into a limited edition of 160 copies, equipped with the postage stamps of the issues, numbered and cancelled with the “first day” postmark and the philatelic album created into a limited run printing of 500 pcs. and contains the block of 5 postage stamps, numbered in red from 001 to 500 and one set of 5 maxicards, equipped with the postage stamps of the issue and cancelled with the “first day” postmark.
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 06.07.2012
Designer: Mihai Vamasescu, Stan Pelteacu
Colours: 4 colours
Size: 52 x 42 mm, 121 x 89 mm
Values: 1.20LEI, 1LEI, 2.10LEI, 8.10LEI, 9.10LEI