|2013: Restoring Waterscapes|
Landlocked Switzerland has been called the Water Tower of Europe with its lakes and rivers, including major ones like the Rhone and the Rhine, add to that the water locked in glaciers and snow and its a whole lot of water. Like many industrialised countries some of their waterscapes have become degraded over the years - rivers constrained by concrete and pipes, pollution and an extensive hydroelectricity network a barriers to migrating fish. Environmental laws and long term financial support have started to address the problem with projects such as those on the River Aare between Thun and Berne where the bed of the Aare was broadened and returned to its natural state. The River Birs in Canton Basel where it flows into the Rhine was called a "neglected backyard" also has also been restored to give the river more space and as a by-product it absorbs more water which means that during high discharge it helps prevent flooding. The stamps show how people, and what thankfully is a marvellously resilient nature, are returning to enjoy the river banks.
Our watery planet makes an appearance on the 2013Albanian se-tenant stamps
|2013: Europa - Postman's Van|
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of Se-tenant stamps - of which more here