Launch of stamps mark formal designation of Herm, Jethou and The Humps
of augmented reality (AR) stamps issued by Guernsey Post (27 July) were
officially launched at an event in Herm on Tuesday, 26 July, marking the formal
designation of Herm, Jethou and The Humps as a Ramsar site under
The Convention on Wetlands.
The beautiful stamps were unveiled in the presence of Deputy Barry Brehaut, president of the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure, Boley Smillie, chief executive officer of Guernsey Post, together with artist Wendy Bramall, who designed the stamps, and film maker Sue Daly who created the augmented reality feature.
The stamps, which depict some of the area’s rich collection of marine and land habitats, together with related products for this issue are available to order by visiting www.guernseystamps.com or by contacting philatelic customer services on +44 (0)1481 716486.
The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention (after the Iranian town where the treaty was signed in 1971), is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the legal framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources across the globe.
Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet and the Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.
The island of Herm is located three miles from the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.
Augmented Reality (AR) stamps:
Using the technology of AR enables collectors to see the areas of the Ramsar site. Simply download the free Sepac app from the App Store, (the same one Guernsey Post used for its Europa musical instruments and Marine Life issues). Then, open the app and hold the device over a Ramsar stamp and an AR video will be activated.