🇸🇭🇬🇸 The governments of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories have worked with UK Blue Belt programme since 2016 to strengthen and manage the marine environments which surround these island territories. The Blue Belt protects the marine environments by supporting work in five areas - understanding and protecting biodiversity, strengthening governance, managing the impact of humans, supporting sustainable fisheries management and supporting compliance and enforcement. The Blue Belt Programme helps The United Kingdom and the various United Kingdom Overseas Territories to work together to improve the understanding of the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas and how to improve them. The work is supported by two important international organisations - the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
Pobjoy Stamps/Creative Direction have provided details of the production and forthcoming release of issues to commemorate this important programme and the news is timely given that the United Nations COP26 meeting is currently taking place in Glasgow in the United Kingdom.
The first of the issue commemorating the Blue Belt Programme is from Ascension Island and is made up of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing slightly different versions (without white edging) of the four stamps. The issue was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and the stamps are perforated 13.5. The date of issue will be 9 November 2021. Rating:- *****.
The second issue will also be released by South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands on 9 November 2021 with the same production details as those of the Ascension issue. Excellent stamps. Rating:- *****.
There will also be releases from the postal services of Tristan Da Cunha and British Antarctic Territory as part of this issue. Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue.
Now we must only hope that a load of M. Macron’s French fishermen do not turn up in the Marine areas hoping to do a bit of fishing there.
It is a rare event if Nampost, the postal service of Namibia, releases a poor stamp issue. Generally its new issues are excellent to magnificent and its latest issue certainly follows that tradition. An exquisite set of 5 stamp featuring Mustelids (weasel-like creatures) was issued on 12 October 2021 and the combination of appealing otters and the artwork of Helge Denke makes this one of the best sets of the year. Rating:- ******.