June 5, a postage stamp dedicated to the Year of Ecology is issued

The year 2017 is declared a Year of Ecology in Russia with the aim to raise ecological awareness, preserve Russia’s biodiversity and provide ecological safety. A large number of events aimed at developing reserve management and studies, their promotion and increasing public support for natural areas of preferential protection (NAPP) are planned. The federal NAPP system comprises 103 state nature reserves, 49 national parks and 64 state wildlife sanctuaries currently.

The main tasks to be solved in 2017 are as follows:

• to improve Russia’s overall ecological indexes;
• to provide ecological safety of the Russian Federation;
• to engage citizens to preserve natural riches of the country;
• to develop ecological responsibility in all the social strata.

The main activities are as follows:

• legislation improvement;
• switch to the best technologies available;
• improve waste management;
• natural areas of preferential protection;
• protect water resources, fauna, forest resources and restoration, ecological education and regional programs.

The stamp features the Year of Ecology logo against the background of a typical Russian landscape.

Additionally, JSC “Marka” has manufactured a first day cover and first day postmark for Moscow.

Design: A. Moskovets.
Face value: 22 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of sheet: 131×131 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 225,000 stamps (25,000 sheets).

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