January 20, an official cancellation ceremony of a souvenir sheet dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Barguzinskiy State Natural Biosphere Reserve took place

The ceremony took place as part of the opening of the 4th Festival “Primaeval Russia” in the Central House of Artists in Moscow. Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport, and Oleg Dukhovnitskiy, Head of the Federal Communications Agency, as well as representatives of research institutions and social organizations took part in the event.

The Barguzinskiy Reserve was established on 29 December 1916 (11 January 1917) to research, conserve and restore the sable. It is situated on the north-eastern shore of the Lake Baikal, on the western slopes of the Barguzin Range. Its area is 366,870 hectares. The Barguzinskiy Reserve is the first state natural reserve in Russia.

The Barguzinskiy Reserve has been a part of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 1986. It is a sign of an international recognition of its efforts in sable research and restoration, as well as in preserving natural biodiversity of the Baikal Region. The Reserve territory was wholly included into the Lake Baikal UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

According to a Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, 2017 is declared a year of natural areas of preferential protection with the aim to draw the public attention to preserving natural legacy, and in connection with the centenary of the foundation of Russia’s first state natural reserve.

“A souvenir sheet dedicated to the Barguzinskiy Reserve is as rare as some inhabitants of the reserve. Only 80 thousand copies were issued. They will become a part of the collections of philatelists, both at home and abroad, attracting environmentalists and tourists to our country. I believe that the philatelic products will turn attention to the importance of solicitous attitude to natural resources of Russia”, said Mr. Dukhovnitskiy.

Design: A. Moskovets.
Face value: 70 RUB.
Size of sheet: 123×98 mm, size of stamp in sheet: 52×37 mm.
Circulation: 80,000 copies.

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