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CITES Endangered Species on stamps

Life's ancient story unfolds in every corner of our globe, with early life forms flourishing across diverse regions. Creation of new life forms, their evolution and extinction are natural processes. Mass extinctions occurred only a handful of times over the course of our planet's history. There have been five mass extinctions that occurred over hundreds of millions of years. The sixth mass extinction is an ongoing global phenomenon characterized by significant and rapid biodiversity loss across various ecosystems worldwide. The sixth mass extinction is unique because it has not been a natural process; it has been driven by human activities. Habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, overexploitation of resources, and the introduction of invasive species have led to a dramatic decline in populations of many plants and animals. These activities are altering ecosystems at an unprecedented rate and scale. Reckless human activities are pushing more and more species to the brink of extinction. It is unfortunate that “development” is invariably viewed from human perspective; governments across the globe are seen to be wanting in intent, when it comes to sustainable development. Humanity needs to move away from the focus on economic development.

The urgent need for global cooperation to address environmental issues, protect biodiversity, and preserve the delicate balance of ecosystems led to the formation of international organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Similarly, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement established to regulate and monitor the trade of wild animals and plants to ensure their conservation and sustainable use. It is a global agreement aimed at protecting biodiversity and preventing overexploitation of species due to international trade.
Postage stamps hold significant cultural value and play a multifaceted role in societies worldwide. They are much more than a method of paying for mail delivery. They are artefacts that can not only be a means for a nation to reflect on its identity, artistic expression, and history but also a medium to raise awareness about important issues. Postage stamps are conservation tools. Postage stamps can highlight endangered species, thereby raising awareness about the importance of conserving natural heritage. It falls upon us to change the course, to protect and preserve the incredible diversity of life on Earth. Currently, the IUCN Global Species Programme is managing data evaluated for over 147,500 species by 2022and this number is set to increase substantially in the next few years. Over1,39,600 species are well documented. More than 41,000species are threatened with extinction. The book "CITES Endangered Species on Stamps" gives detail’s about CITES endangered species and total of 421 philatelic materials were used in the book. Through the book, “CITES: Endangered Species on Stamps”, the author has succeeded in accumulating a wealth of information on endangered species through stamps, which is essential for creating awareness. The narrative is fascinating and the book is a visual delight. This book would be very useful to the environmentalist, forester, philatelist and student alike. A must read opus for all who hold the future of our planet close to their heart.  The book will be released last week of September 2023.
For enquiries of book contact the author M. Lokeswara Rao IFS (Retd), M: 9436215175, Email:

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi