Isle of Man’s ‘world first’ UNESCO status celebrated with stamps. Five bright items introduced to collectors’ attention

September 29th, 2016

In March the Isle of Man became the first entire island nation to be granted the status, which recognizes “outstanding natural landscapes”. To mark this important event Isle of Man Post Office presented a set of five stamps honouring the prestigious accolade, including the Europa stamp for 2016’s theme of Ecology in Europe – Think Green. invites our readers to appreciate the original design of these five bright philatelic items.

Inspiration for the collection came from the theme of the Europa stamp project for 2016, which features in the 77p stamp. Unusually for Europa, postal services around Europe shared a common design to mark the 60th anniversary of the movement, a motif which reflects the concept that ‘it is in our hands to create a greener planet’.

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present a set of five distinctive stamps recognizing the Isle of Man being awarded UNESCO status as a world biosphere region – the first entire country to gain this prestigious accolade.

The Isle of Man is committed to protecting the environment, and that is reflect in this stamp issue. It features the UNESCO Biosphere status, the innovative approach to waste disposal in this island community, and the dedication to developing new ‘clean tech’ including TT Zero, the race around the famous Isle of Man TT course for electric-powered bikes, and the investment in hydro-electric power production.

All stamp sheets for this issue, and supporting stationery, proudly carry the logo of the Forestry Stewardship Council, underlining the Isle of Man Post Office’s commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment.