drought

Drought and
Desertification


Below is a checklist of Drought and desertification postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD)1 (2006)
World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 4 (annually: 17 June)
Summary by year of issue and WDCD ordinal number
Overprints, surcharges, semipostals, revenue/charity/fundraising items (except Sécheresse-Solidarité items, and Sahel-related items)
Sécheresse-Solidarité items3
Sahel-related items5
Conferences (directly or indirectly related to drought and desertification)
Specific mention of Programs/Missions/Agencies/Institutes (to fight, or be involved some way in, drought and desertification)
Maps related to drought and desertification
All other drought and desertification All other drought and desertification


Below is a list of Drought and desertification on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD)1 (2006)
Algeria1379 (Mi?)2006
Algeria1380 (Mi?)
Algeria1379-1380 fdc1Two stamps and cancel (Oran) and cachet on FDC
Algeria1379-1380 fdc2Two stamps and cancel (Jijel) and cachet on FDC
Argentina2390 (Mi?)2006
Argentina2391 (Mi?)
Argentina2390-2391 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Argentina2390-2391 folderFDC folder
Bolivia1289 (Mi?)2006
Bolivia1290 (Mi?)
Bolivia1291 (Mi?)
Bolivia1292 (Mi?)
Bolivia1289-1292 fdcFour stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)NoneStamp and cachet on stamped envelope2006
Ethiopia1708 (Mi1844)2006
Ethiopia1709 (Mi1845)
Ethiopia1710 (Mi1846)
Ethiopia1711 (Mi1847)
Kazakhstan514 (Mi?)2006
Macedonia371 (Mi?)From strip of 2 (371a (2x 371 + label))2006
Mexico2523 (Mi3267)2006
Mexico2523 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Paraguay2848 (Mi5039)2007
Paraguay2848 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
Paraguay2848 maxiMaxicard
Peru1533 (Mi?)2006
Peru1533 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Portugal2820 (Mi?)2006
Portugal2821 (Mi?)
Portugal2820-2821 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC, also back
Portugal2820-2821 folderfolder, cover/front only
Salvador (El)1653 (Mi2450)From MS16, also half-MS162006
Spain3396 (Mi?)2006
Spain3396 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Spain3396 folderFDC folder
Syria1602 (Mi?)2006
Turkey2998 (BL?)MS42006
Turkey2998 fdcMS4 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Uzbekistan499 (BL?)MS4 (499 (a-d))2006
Vatican City1334 (Mi1560)2006
Vatican City1335 (Mi1561)From MS10 (1335a 10x 1335))
Vatican City1334-1335 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD)4 (annually: 17 June)
Armenia698 (Mi?)From MS10 (698a (10x 698))2005(11th) WDCD
Brazil2592 (BL103)SS11996(2nd) WDCD
Brazil2592 sc (BL?)Souvenir card
Italy2401 (Mi?)2001(7th) WDCD
Italy2401 maxiMaxicard
Kuwait1577 (Mi?)2003(9th) WDCD
Kuwait1578 (Mi?)
Kuwait1579 (Mi?)
Kuwait1577-1579 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
LibyaUnknown (Mi?)2013(19th) WDCD
LibyaUnknown fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Morocco908 (Mi?)2001(7th) WDCD
Morocco908 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Niger1047 (Mi?)2000(6th) WDCD
Niger1048 (Mi?)
Niger1049 (Mi?)
UruguayNoneCancel on cover2001 (7th) WDCD
UruguayNoneCancel on cover2004 (10th) WDCD
Overprints, surcharges, semipostals, revenue/charity/fundraising items (except Sécheresse-Solidarité items, and Sahel-related items)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999for protection of Yellow River and nearby area in Qinghai province; parched and cracked ground (in drought); semipostal with 10c donation (in red at bottom left)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999for protection of Yellow River and nearby area in Qinghai province; parched and cracked ground (in drought); mention of desertification in text; semipostal with 10c donation (in red at bottom left)
EgyptB50 (Mi1020)1986drought relief for Sudan
EgyptB50 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
IndiaUnlisted (Mi unlisted)Revenue stamp with (purple) overprint?drought relief
Korea (South)B15 (Mi878)1973parched and cracked ground (in drought); surtax for disasters
Romania637 (Mi1019)1947A significant drought began in Romania in 1945 and continued for several years, leading to famine in parts of the country in 1947. These stamps mention "Helping the Hungry and Social Assistance" in the context of that drought and famine
Romania638 (Mi1020)
RomaniaB346 (Mi1021)
RomaniaB347 (Mi1022)
RomaniaB348 (BL36)SS1
RussiaB14 (Mi168)1921Volga famine relief (1921 drought contributed to the famine)
RussiaB15 (Mi167)
RussiaB16 (Mi166)
RussiaB17 (Mi165)
RussiaB18 (Mi174)150 overprinted and surcharged in brown1922Volga famine relief (1921 drought contributed to the famine)
RussiaB18 black (Mi174a)150 overprinted and surcharged in black
RussiaB18a (Mi174aI)150 overprinted and surcharged in black
RussiaB18 var (Mi?)Inverted surcharge
RussiaB19 (Mi174c)150 overprinted and surcharged in red
RussiaB19 var (Mi?)Inverted surcharge
RussiaB20 (Mi174b)150 overprinted and surcharged in blue
RussiaB20 var (Mi?)Inverted surcharge
RussiaB21 (Mi175)149 overprinted and surcharged in blue
RussiaB21 var (Mi?)Inverted surcharge
RussiaB21 black (Mi175a)149 overprinted and surcharged in black
RussiaB22 (Mi175b)149 overprinted and surcharged in red
RussiaB22 var (Mi?)Inverted surcharge
RussiaB23 (Mi175c)149 overprinted and surcharged in orange
RussiaMi175aI149 mit und ohne Aufdruck zusammenhängend im Paar
RussiaMi175DD b/cDouble overprint, red and orange
TunisiaUnknown (Mi?)Revenue stamp; 78 overprinted "Solidarité"1937for drought relief
Sécheresse-Solidarité items3
Cameroun568 (Mi741)556 surcharged and overprinted1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Central African Republic193 (Mi321)184 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse Solidarité africaine"
Chad293 (Mi667)271 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse Solidarité africaine"
Congo (People's Republic)288 (Mi396)225 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse Solidarité africaine"
Dahomey310 (Mi526)248 surcharged and overprinted1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
GabonC143 (Mi513)C116 surcharged and overprinted1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Ivory Coast360 (Mi434)
i360

Imperforate
1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Ivory Coast360 dsDeluxe sheet (360)
Malagasy499 (Mi695)480 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Mali204 (Mi396)166 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Mauritania303 (Mi462)258 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Mauritania332 (Mi513)247 overprinted and surcharged1975"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Mauritania333 (Mi514)248 overprinted and surcharged
Niger282 (Mi394)255 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Rwanda534 (Mi604)298 overprinted in blue1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Rwanda535 (Mi605)299 overprinted in black
Rwanda536 (Mi606)300 overprinted in blue
Rwanda537 (Mi607)301 overprinted in green
Rwanda538 (Mi608)302 overprinted in green
Rwanda539 (Mi609)303 overprinted in brown
RwandaB1 (Mi610)305 overprinted in brown and surcharged in black
Rwanda538-539+B1 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
Rwanda693 (Mi752)343 overprinted1975"Sécheresse-Solidarité 1975"
Rwanda694 (Mi753)344 overprinted
Rwanda695 (Mi754)345 overprinted
Rwanda696 (Mi755)346 overprinted
Rwanda693-696 fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
Rwanda697 (Mi756)347 overprinted
Rwanda698 (Mi757)348 overprinted
RwandaB2 (Mi758)349 overprinted and surcharged
RwandaB3 (Mi759)350 overprinted and surcharged
Senegal392 (Mi525)338 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Togo859 (Mi990)758 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine"
Upper VoltaC165 (Mi458)C148 overprinted and surcharged1973"Sécheresse-Solidarité africaine et internationale"
Upper VoltaC165 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Upper VoltaC166 (Mi459)C149 overprinted and surcharged
Sahel-related items5
Burkina FasoMiC975Upper Volta 635 overprinted1984against desertification; Aide au Sahel '84
Cameroun647 (Mi893)
i647

Imperforate
1978Opération Sahel vert
Cameroun647 dsDeluxe sheet (647)
Cameroun648 (Mi894)
i648

Imperforate
Cameroun648 dsDeluxe sheet (648)
Cape Verde442 (Mi?)1982Summit of the CILSS (Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel)
Cape Verde442 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
France1984-1987 fdc (Mi? fdc)FDC card1985SOS Sahel; Operation "Trees for Niger"; "fight against desertification" (in French text); See also Niger 711-713 fdc
France2145 card (Mi? card)Cancel and cachet on card1989Solidarity with the Sahel (in time of drought)
Mali338 (Mi709)
i338

Imperforate
1979Operation Green Sahel for desert reclamation
Mali339 (Mi710)
i339

Imperforate
Mali511 (Mi1033)366 overprinted and surcharged1984drought relief; Aide au Sahel '84
Mauritania577 (Mi835)355 overprinted and surcharged1984drought relief "Aide au Sahel 84"
Mauritania577 fdcStamp on FDC
Niger368 (Mi541)1976Opération Sahel vert
Niger369 (Mi542)
Niger370 (Mi543)
Niger405 (Mi585)1977Opération Sahel vert
Niger668 (Mi915)584 overprinted1984drought relief; Aide au Sahel '84
Niger669 (Mi916)585 overprinted
Niger711 (Mi959)1985protected trees in Niger; SOS Sahel and the fight against desertification through Operation "Trees for Niger"
Niger712 (Mi960)
Niger713 (Mi961)
Niger711-713 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC, also back"SOS Sahel; Opération 'Des arbres pour le Niger' "; see also France 1984-1987 fdc
Senegal431 (Mi594)
i431

Imperforate
1976Opération Sahel vert
Senegal431 dsDeluxe sheet (431)
Senegal431 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Senegal624 (Mi835)612 overprinted1984drought relief; "Aide au Sahel 84"
Upper Volta538 (Mi793)
i538

Imperforate
1980Operation Green Sahel; hand holding sand back
Upper Volta538 dsDeluxe sheet (538)
Upper Volta539 (Mi794)
i539

Imperforate
Operation Green Sahel; hands holding seedlings
Upper Volta539 dsDeluxe sheet (539)
Conferences (directly or indirectly related to drought and desertification)
Bahamas760 (Mi?)1992parched and cracked ground (in drought); starving child; International Conference on Nutrition
Cuba4326 (Mi4537)2003parched and cracked ground (in drought); UNCCD-COP-6, Havana, Cuba
Cuba4326 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Germany (West)KM1575 marks (copper-nickel coin)198210th anniv. UN Conference on Human Environment
Iraq826 (Mi919)1977UN Conference on Desertification, Nairobi, Kenya
Iraq827 (Mi920)
Korea (South)2371 (Mi2841)From MS16 (2371a (16x 2371))2011UNCCD-COP-10, Changwon, Gyeongam, South Korea
Korea (South)2371 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Korea (South)2371 folderFDC folder, with text
Mali306 (Mi646)
i306

Imperforate
1978Hammamet Conference for Reclamation of the Desert; fight against desertification
Mali306 proofProof
MexicoC543 (Mi?)1977UN Conference on Desertification, Nairobi, Kenya
Pakistan435 (Mi438)1977UN Conference on Desertification, Nairobi, Kenya
Pakistan435 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Pakistan435 folderFolder
Pakistan435 sheetFDOI information sheet
Senegal361 (Mi489)1972UN Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, Sweden
Senegal361 dsDeluxe sheet (361)
Sudan311 (Mi356)1978desertification; UN Conference on Desertification, Nairobi, Kenya
Sudan312 (Mi347)
Sudan313 (Mi348)
Tajikistan330 (BL?)MS2 (330 (a-b + label)); selvedge1; selvedge22008parched and cracked ground (in drought) (in right and lower margins); International Conference on Water Related Disaster Reduction, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Turkey2998a+2891 coverCancel and cachet on cover2008UN Desertification Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey2998b+2891 coverCancel and cachet on cover2008UN Desertification Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey3151d (Mi?)One of MS4 (3151 (a-d))2009parched and cracked ground (in drought) (in background); 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey3151 fdcOne of MS4 on FDC
United Arab Emirates660 (Mi?)2000International Conference on Desertification, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates660 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)65 fdc1Cancel on FDC1977parched and cracked ground (in drought); UN Water Conference, Mar del Plata, Argentina
United Nations (Geneva)65 fdc2Cancel (same) on FDC (different)
United Nations (Geneva)66 fdcCancel (same) on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)65-66 fdc1Cancel (same) on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)65-66 fdc2Cancel (same) on FDC (different)
Specific mention of Programs/Missions/Agencies/Institutes (to fight, or be involved some way in, drought and desertification)
Cape Verde442 (Mi?)1982Summit of the CILSS (Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel)
Cape Verde442 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999Lanzhou Desert Institute; prevent desertification
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999Command Centre for Flood Control and Drought Relief in Jiangsu Province
Ethiopia817 (Mi903)1977hands holding bowl and plane dropping food; Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for drought and disaster areas
Ethiopia818 (Mi904)makeshift digging tool; Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for drought and disaster areas
Ethiopia819 (Mi905)infant with empty bowl; Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for drought and disaster areas
Ethiopia820 (Mi906)symbolic drought over Ethiopian province of Ogaden in the Horn of Africa; Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for drought and disaster areas
Ethiopia821 (Mi907)man among eggshells; Ethiopian Relief and Rehabilitation Commission for drought and disaster areas
Ethiopia817-821 fdcFive stamps and cinderella and cachet on FDC
Ethiopia1413 (Mi1539)199510th anniv. IGADD (Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development)
Ethiopia1414 (Mi?)
Ethiopia1415 (Mi?)
Ethiopia1416 (Mi?)
Ethiopia1413-1416 fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
Germany1570 (Mi1404)1989Parched and cracked ground (in drought); 30th anniv. MISEREOR (German Catholic Bishops' Organization for Development Cooperation) and "Bread for the World" Agencies, which are "active wherever there is drought, poverty and need" (in German text in the souvenir card)
Germany1570 maxiStamp and cachet on maxicard
Germany1570 scSouvenir card
India1782 (Mi?)1999The "Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Supply Project (SSSDWSP) was undertaken by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust in one of the most chronically drought-prone regions, namely, Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh" (in folder text)
India1782 folderFolder
MaliNoneCachet on cover1973"Trans-Saharan Drought Assistance Mission" (in text)
Monaco1955 (Mi?)1995FAO and desertification; parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Monaco1955 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Monaco2508 (Mi?)From MS10 (2508a (10x 2508))2008International cooperation in the fight against desertification
Morocco555 (Mi1033)1983experimental agricultural tilling to combat desertification (the Touiza Association has created programs to fight desertification in Algeria and the Maghreb)
NigerNoneCachet on cover1973"Trans-Saharan Drought Assistance Mission" (in text)
South Africa766 (Mi771)1989National Grazing Strategy: soil conservation and fighting desertification
South Africa766 maxiMaxicard
South Africa767 (Mi772)
South Africa767 maxiMaxicard
South Africa768 (Mi773)
South Africa768 maxiMaxicard
South Africa769 (Mi774)
South Africa769 maxiMaxicard
South Africa766-769 fdcFour stamps on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)449 (Mi528)2005World Food Program aircraft dropping supplies to drought area
Yugoslavia687 (Mi1032?)1963parched and cracked ground (in drought); UN FAO Freedom from Hunger campaign
Maps related to drought and desertification
Brazil2849 (BL119)SS12002preservation of the Caatinga Nordestina (the semi-arid dryland of NE Brazil, threatened by desertification and loss of biodiversity)
Brazil2969 (Mi3424)2005San Francisco River irrigation project for part of the semi-arid Caatinga Nordestina region, which is susceptible to drought/desertification
Ethiopia820 (Mi906)1977symbolic drought over Ethiopian province of Ogaden in the Horn of Africa
Ethiopia1312 (Mi1394)1991parched and cracked ground (in drought); map of region in Africa affected by drought; IDNDR
Ethiopia1416 (Mi?)1995Map of member countries of IGADD (Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development)
Iraq826 (Mi919)1977Some areas susceptible to desertification (in and around north Africa)
Iraq827 (Mi920)
Russia (USSR)5749+label (Mi5921+label)Stamp and label1989Stop desert encroachment (on stamp); poor land use can lead to desertification; regions at risk (on label)
Russia (USSR)5749+label fdcStamp and label on FDC
Russia (USSR)5747-5749+labels fdcOne of three stamps and labels on FDC
United Nations468 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cancel and cachet on FDC1986"Africa in Crisis"; areas affected by drought
United Nations (Geneva)140 fdc (Mi137 fdc)Cancel and cachet on FDC1986"l'Afrique en Crise"; areas affected by drought
United Nations (Vienna)57 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cancel and cachet on FDC1986"Afrika in Not"; areas affected by drought
All other drought and desertification
Algeria853 (Mi?)1987Fight against desertification by afforestation
Algeria855 (Mi?)Fight against desertification with desertification barrier
Argentina2538a (Mi?)From pair (2538 (a-b))2009Effects of erosion by water (and its contribution to desertification)
Argentina2538b (Mi?)Effects of erosion by wind (and its contribution to desertification)
Aruba347b (Mi?)On one stamp and in (right) margin of MS4 (347 (a-d))2009parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Aruba347 fdcMS4 on FDC
Australia954 (Mi?)1985"Conserve our soil" (including fight against desertification)
Australia954 maxiMaxicard
Australia954-957 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Australia1267c (Mi1308)One of strip of 5 (1267 (a-e))1992"Soil blows away" (in drought); "erosion control" is necessary
Australia1267c maxiMaxicard
Australia1267e (Mi1310)One of strip of 5 (1267 (a-e)) (Mi1306-1310)"Dune care" (to combat dune encroachment)
Australia1267 fdcTwo of strip of 5 on FDC(As above)
AustraliaNoneCachet on stamped envelope1993parched and cracked ground (in drought); other natural disasters; IDNDR
Australia?NoneCinderella (poster stamp)?Green Front Against the Desert - Men of the Trees
Australia2890-2893 bk ifcPrestige booklet of 20 front cover inside2008parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Australia2890-2893 bk p4Prestige booklet of 20 page 4"extreme weather events, drought, flood and fires" (in text)
Australia2893bBooklet pane of 4 from prestige booklet of 20 page 5 (page 6 on reverse side is blank)Droughts and water restrictions
Australia2890-2893 bk p8Prestige booklet of 20 page 8climate change and exacerbated dry (i.e. drought) conditions in Australia
Australia2890-2893 bk obcPrestige booklet of 20 back cover outsideCracked ground at Wivenhoe Dam due to drought (in a changing climate)
Benin620 (Mi441)1986fight against desertification
Benin620 dsDeluxe sheet (620)
Benin620 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC
Benin620 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet on FDC
BotswanaUnknown1 (Mi?)Strip of 22013"Save water" (in the context of drought and desertification)
BotswanaUnknown2 (Mi?)Strip of 2 (different)
CambodiaUnknown (Mi?)2010parched and cracked ground (in drought); automobiles in flood; forest fire; "Unite to combat climate change"
CambodiaUnknown fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
CambodiaUnknown ss (BL?)SS1parched and cracked ground (in drought) (in part of stamp and right margin); automobiles in flood; forest fire; "Unite to combat climate change"
CambodiaUnknown ss fdcSS1 on FDC
Cape Verde428 (Mi437)1981fight against desertification
Cape Verde429 (Mi438)
Cape Verde480 (Mi490)1984National Solidarity Campaign and the 1983 drought ("Seca de 1983")
Cape Verde481 (Mi491)
Cape Verde761 (Mi?)2000Dragoeiro tree; "symbolizes drought resistance" (in Portuguese text)
Cape Verde762 (Mi?)
Cape Verde763 (Mi?)
Chile1178d (Mi?)From MS4 (1178 (a-d))1996parched and cracked ground (in drought)
China (People's Republic)2491 (Mi?)1994afforestation campaign to combat desertification
China (People's Republic)2492 (Mi?)
China (People's Republic)2493 (Mi?)
China (People's Republic)2494 (Mi?)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999desertification in Qinghai Province
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999anti-desertification project
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999parched and cracked ground (in drought)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999parched and cracked ground (in drought); grassland degradation
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2001prevent desertification
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2001parched and cracked ground (in drought)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2001deforestation (leading to desertification)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2002prevent desertification
China (People's Republic)3334 (Mi?)2004prevention and control of desertification
Congo (People's Republic)809 (Mi1135)1988fight against desertification
Congo (People's Republic)810 (Mi1136)
Congo (People's Republic)809-810 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
CroatiaNoneCancel on WMD cover2002Suša (drought)
Djibouti639 (Mi511)1988campaign against thirst (related to drought)
Djibouti639 dsDeluxe sheet (639)
Djibouti639 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Djibouti665 (Mi?)
i665

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1990campaign against thirst (related to drought)
Djibouti665 dsDeluxe sheet (665)
Djibouti665 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Djibouti740 (Mi?)1995campaign against thirst (related to drought)
Djibouti740 dsDeluxe sheet (740)
EcuadorUnknown (Mi?)Also detail2014The stamp, which has a disaster reduction theme, also refers to flooding.
EcuadorUnknown fdcStamp on FDC
Egypt1974 (Mi?)2006"WED2: Desert and Desertification"
Egypt1973-1974 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Equatorial GuineaUnknown (Mi?)From strip of 3, or from MS12 (4x (strip of 3))2008parched and cracked ground (in drought); International Year of Planet Earth
FranceNoneMeter1963wilting crop in drought under sun and healthy crop in rain
France3789 (Mi?)From booklet pane of 12 (3793a (3782-3793))2010parched and cracked ground (in drought)
France3789 fdcStamp on FDC
France3789 maxiStamp and cachet on maxicard
FranceNonePostal card back, also front2010parched and cracked ground (in drought) contrasted with abundant water
Ghana1164 (Mi?)1989WED2: desertification
Great Britain1963-1966 fdc (Mi1924-1927 fdc)Cachet on FDC2001parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Greece1992a (Mi?)From pair (1992 (a-b)), perforated 14¼ x 13¾; or from MS16 (8x 1992 (a-b))2001parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Greece1992 fdcPair of stamps on FDC
Greece1992d (Mi?)From pair (1992c (1992 (d-e))), perforated 13¼ vertically
Greece1992fBooklet pane (2x 1992c) from booklet with booklet cover
GreeceNonePostcard, also back2007Consequences of the planet's temperature rise during the coming decades include "extended periods of drought" (in Greek text)
Hungary2378 (Mi3073)1975plant wilting due to polluted soil or drought
IndiaNoneLetter card1997"deforestation today, drought tomorrow, famine the day after"
IndiaNonePostal wrapper for 100 letter cards
India1680 (Mi?)1998dead forest in drought contrasted with healthy forest
IndiaNoneInland letter card20??"Each one plant a tree - make the country drought free" (in text)
IndiaNoneInland letter card20??"Growing trees is good; cutting trees down leads to drought" (in text)
IndiaNoneMeghdoot postal card~2005parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Indonesia2088 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC2006"Don't desert drylands"
Indonesia2184aFrom strip of 3 (2184 (a-c)), or four of MS12 (2184d (4x (2184 (a-c)))2009parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Indonesia2184b
Indonesia2184a-c fdcThree stamps on FDC
Indonesia2185 (BL?)SS1
Indonesia2185 fdcSS1 on FDC
Indonesia2239b (Mi?)From vertical pair (2239 (a-b)), or from MS12 (2239c (6x 2239))2010symbolic desertification
Indonesia2238-2239 fdcThree stamps on FDC
IndonesiaNoneCachet on cover2011Symbolic drought over Earth
Iraq1819 (Mi?)2011Iraqi Day to Control Desertification
Iraq1820 (Mi?)
Iraq1819-1820 fdc (Mi?)Two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Italy1463 (Mi?)1981Hydro-geological research; parched and cracked ground (in drought) contrasted with healthy vegetation
Ivory Coast694 (Mi792)1983fight against drought
Ivory Coast695 (Mi793)
Ivory Coast696 (Mi794)From MS25 (696a (25x 696))
Japan2934 (Mi?)2005Ono no Komachi (Japanese poetess, ca 825-900; legend has it that there was a severe and prolonged drought in which only her intercession was able to bring back the rain. See also Sierra Leone 2459.)
Korea (North)3340 (Mi?)One of strip of 4 (3340a (3337-3340)), or from MS8 (3340b (2x (3337-3340)))1994"Protection from drought damage" [through release of stored water]
Korea (South)657 (Mi?)1969Prevention of damage from droughts (and floods)
Korea (South)657 essayUn-adopted essay
Korea (South)658 (Mi?)
Korea (South)658 essayUn-adopted essay
Korea (South)657-658 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Korea (South)657-658 folderFDC folder
Kosovo99 (Mi?)2008parched and cracked ground (in drought); Earth Day
Libya1654 (Mi?)Strip of 3 (1654 (a-c))2001anti-desertification project
Maldive Islands1832 (Mi?)1992drought area in contrast with waterfall
Maldive Islands1832-1835 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
MaliC544 (Mi?)1989(Fighting desertification) for a greener Mali: improved cooking stoves (and afforestation)
MaliC545 (Mi?)
MaliC546 (Mi?)
MaliC547 (Mi?)
MaliC544+C546 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
MaliC545+C547 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
Marshall Islands678 (BL24)SS11998drought relief; "to help alleviate the unprecedented and devastating drought brought on by El Niño"
Mauritania587 (Mi845)
i587

Imperforate
1985fight against drought
Mauritania587 dsDeluxe sheet (587)
Mauritania588 (Mi846)
i588

Imperforate
Mauritania588 dsDeluxe sheet (588)
Mauritania589 (Mi844)
i589
From MS25 (589a (25x 589))
Imperforate
fight against desertification
Mauritania589 dsDeluxe sheet (589)
Mauritania589 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Mauritania590 (Mi842)
i590

Imperforate
Mauritania590 dsDeluxe sheet (590)
Mauritania591 (Mi843)
i591

Imperforate
Mauritania591 dsDeluxe sheet (591)
Mauritius417 (Mi409)1976"drought in Africa"
Mauritius418 (Mi410)
Mauritius417-418 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Micronesia421b (Mi?)From MS4 (421 (a-d))2001parched and cracked ground due to desertification caused by deforestation
Monaco1963b (Mi?)One of MS8 (1963 (a-h))1995FAO and desertification; parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Mozambique893 (Mi950)1983Red Cross workers in truck providing food in drought
Mozambique946 (Mi1015)1985parched and cracked ground (in drought)
New Caledonia492 (Mi723)1983drought contrasted with healthy conditions; "L'eau ressource vitale"
New Caledonia492 dsDeluxe sheet (492)
New Zealand2172 (Mi?)From block of 6 (2172-2177)2008"Drought - Gisborne, 1998"; parched and cracked ground (in drought); also "drought" (in FDC text)
New Zealand2172-2177 fdc1One of six stamps on FDC, also back
New Zealand2172-2177 fdc2One of six stamps on FDC (different, available only in a special limited edition album, below)
New Zealand2172-2177_albumLimited edition album, with page containing MS5 (2177a (2172-2177))
Nicaragua1379 (Mi?)1984Desertification (before and after)
Nicaragua1380 (Mi?)
Niger336 (Mi488)
i336

Imperforate
1975fight against drought; starving family
Niger336 proof1Signed proof (green)
Niger336 proof2Signed proof (magenta)
Niger337 (Mi489)
i337

Imperforate
fight against drought; animal skeletons
Niger337 proofSigned proof
Niger338 (Mi490)
i338

Imperforate
fight against drought; truck delivering food
Niger338 proofSigned proof
Niger338 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Niger584 (Mi794)1982afforestation to combat desertification
Niger585 (Mi795)
Niger737+label (Mi997+label)Stamp and label1986Trucks of hope ("Camions de l'espoir") delivering food in drought
Niger738+label (Mi998+label)Stamp and label
Niger746 (Mi?)1987(Fighting desertification) for a greener Niger: improved cooking stoves
Niger747 (Mi?)
Niger790 (Mi1055)1988Construction of sandbreaks to slow desert encroachment
Niger853 (Mi?)1993fight against desertification
Niger854 (Mi?)
NigerUnknown ms (Mi?)In (surrounding) margins of MS4 (a-d)2013parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Nigeria415 (Mi?)1982afforestation to combat desertification
Norway1570 (BL37)MS22009"Global warming … sucks moisture out of soil, leading to increasing desertification"; PPRG
Oman419 (Mi?)1980parched and cracked ground (in drought) contrasted with raindrop
PanamaNoneLotto ticket1992Sequía (drought)
Peru1423 (Mi1938)2004"impacts of the climatic anomalies associated [with] El Niño" … droughts … can have a much bigger duration" (in folder text)
Peru1423 folderFDC folder, also inside, and back
Peru1434 (Mi?)2004Desertification (green tree to dead tree); drought (at upper right)
Peru1786 (Mi?)2011desertification
Russia (USSR)5967 (Mi6171)1991Aral Sea desertification
Russia (USSR)5965-5967 fdcOne of three stamps and cachet on FDCAral Sea desertification (in one stamp and in lower stamp drawn in cachet)
Rwanda1112-1121 (Mi1224-1233)Set of 10 stamps1982Fight against erosion (one element of the fight against desertification)
Sierra Leone2459 (BL?)SS12001(Ono no) Komachi Praying for Rain; (This Japanese woodblock painting recalls a time when the country was suffering from a severe and prolonged drought, in which only Komachi's intercession was able to bring back the rain. See also Japan 2934.)
SpainNoneCancel on cover1989"Don't bring the desert home from Africa" (implicit reference to fighting desertification)
SpainNoneLotto ticket1991parched and cracked ground (in drought); desertification and intensive cultivation of crops
SpainNoneLotto ticket (different)desertification and road construction
SpainNoneLotto ticket (different)desertification and unsuitable crops and agricultural procedures
SpainNoneLotto ticket (different)desertification and indiscriminate grazing of cattle
Tanzania2477d (Mi?)One of MS6 (2477 (a-f))2007"Traditional soil and moisture conservation" (part of the fight against land degradation and desertification)
Thailand1669-1673 fdcFDC back, also detail on back, also front1996"The Royal Rain-making Project to counter drought problems" (in text)
TogoUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2011"La Désertification en Afrique"
TogoUnknown ss (Mi?)SS1
Transkei155 (Mi163)1985Save the soil (one element in preventing desertification)
Transkei156 (Mi164)
Transkei157 (Mi165)
Transkei158 (Mi166)
Transkei155-158 fdcFour stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Trinidad and TobagoNoneCancel on cover1969"Forest fires cause drought"
Tunisia1082 (Mi?)1995campaign against desertification
TurkeyB224 (Mi2829)1988Symbolic fight against drought and desertification
TurkeyB224-B225 fdc (Mi2829-2830 fdc)One of two stamps on FDC
Turkey2668 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cancel and cachet on FDC1991Erosion (can become more serious under conditions of drought and desertification)
Turkey3122d (Mi?)One of MS4 (3122 (a-d))2008parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Turkey3122d fdoiStamp and cachet on FDOI postcard
Turkey3122 fdcOne of MS4 and cachet on FDC
Tuvalu1035 (BL6?)SS12007parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations (New York, Geneva, and Vienna)636a+243a+159a fdc1One of 3 strips of 4 on FDC (636a+243a+159a)1993parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations (New York, Geneva, and Vienna)636a+243a+159a fdc2One of 3 strips of 4 and cachet on FDC (636a+243a+159a)
United Nations (New York, Geneva, and Vienna)636a+243a+159a folderOne of 3 strips of 4 on FDC folder, also folder cover
United Nations939a (BL?)MS10 (10x 939 + 10 labels), label 3 and label 82007parched and cracked ground (in drought) (on two labels)
United Nations968 (BL29) (Mi1105-1108)MS4 (968 (a-d))2008parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations968 fdcMS4 on FDC
United Nations970 bookletPrestige booklet cover, also back
United Nations968e (Mi1105-1108)(from 970 booklet) 1st booklet pane of 4 (968 (a-d)), 42c values)
United Nations994 label (Mi? label)Label from MS10 (994b (10x 994 + 10 labels))2009parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations (Geneva)440 (Mi?)2005"Children bringing water during the drought in India" (in French text)
United Nations (Geneva)494 bookletPrestige booklet cover back2008parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations (Geneva)494ab (Mi627-630)(from 494 booklet) 1st booklet pane of 4 (494m-p - design like UN New York 968 (a-d) but with 0.50 f.s. values)parched and cracked ground (in drought) (on all stamps and in pane margin)
United Nations (Vienna)159a (Mi156-159)Strip of 4 (156-159), from MS24 (159b (6x (156-159))1993parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations (Vienna)159a fdc1Strip of 4 on FDC
United Nations (Vienna)159a fdc2Strip of 4 on FDC
United Nations (Vienna)159a maxi1Maxicard
United Nations (Vienna)159a maxi2Maxicard (different cancels)
United Nations (Vienna)374 (Mi?)2005helicopter bringing supplies to drought area
United Nations (Vienna)436 bookletPrestige booklet cover back2008parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United Nations (Vienna)436ab (Mi575-578)(from 436 booklet) 1st booklet pane of 4 (436m-p - design like UN New York 968 (a-d) but with 0.35 € values)parched and cracked ground (in drought)
United StatesNoneCancel1964"Save water" (in the context of the drought that affected New York state in 1964, 1965, and 1966)
United StatesNoneCancel1965"Save water" (in the context of the drought that affected New York state in 1964, 1965, and 1966)
Uruguay2097 (Mi2849)2004parched and cracked ground (in drought)
Upper Volta633 (Mi914)1983fight against desertification
Upper Volta633 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Upper Volta634 (Mi915)
Upper Volta634 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Upper Volta635 (Mi916)
Upper Volta635 dsDeluxe sheet (635)
Upper Volta635 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Upper Volta636 (Mi917)
Upper Volta636 dsDeluxe sheet (636)
Upper Volta636 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Upper Volta637 (Mi918)
Upper Volta637 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC

1Deserts are natural ecosystems, but desertification is a global problem. The 58th session of the UN General Assembly declared 2006 to be the International Year of Deserts and Desertification (IYDD). The objective of the Year was to emphasize that desertification is a major threat to mankind and to raise awareness of the principal factors related to desertification: climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and human influences.
2WED = World Environmental Day
3The authors of this website have been unable to find any documentation related to the "Sécheresse-Solidarité" overprints. They were probably issued to draw attention to the trans-national aspect of the problem of drought in Africa, and possibly to contribute to a fund for African drought relief. However, it is not known whether or not the money obtained from the sale of these stamps actually did end up in any such fund.
4World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) (annually: 17 June): sponsored by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), first observed in 1995.
5The Sahel is a semi-arid transition region that extends across Africa between the Sahara to the north and the wetter regions of equatorial Africa to the south. It is an ecologically vulnerable area. After years of above average rainfall, a drought came to the Sahel in the late 1960s. It marked the beginning of a generally dry period in the region. The Sahel drought was one of the factors that led to the establishment of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertifiction (UNCCD). Research has shown that rainfall variability is a major element in the environmental problems of the area, but that human influences also play a large role in the degradation of the land.


Below is a summary by year of issue and WDCD ordinal number of the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) postal items listed in the table immediately above. Included are the number of countries issuing WDCD items, as well as the number of WDCD items that were issued. WDCD themes are also provided in this summary.
Summary is also available in
spreadsheet form.

Year of IssueWDCD Ordinal NumberNumber ofWDCD ThemeWDCD Slogan
CountriesItems
19951st00
19962nd12
19973rd00
19984th00
19995th00
20006th13Desertification - A Global Threat
20017th35
20028th00Land Degradation
20039th14Water Resource Management
200410th11Social Dimensions of Desertification - Migration and Poverty
200511th11Desertification and Women
200612th00The Beauty of Deserts - The Challenge of Desertification
200713th00Climate Change
200814th00Sustainable Agriculture
200915th00Conserving Land and Water = Securing our Common Future
201016th00Enhancing Soils Anywhere Enhances Life Everywhere
201117th00Forests keep drylands working
201218th00Healthy soil sustains your lifeLet's go land-degradation neutral
201319th11Drought and water scarcityDon't let out future dry up
201420th00Ecosystem-based adaptationLand Belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof It
Total:
7 out of 20 years
Total:
8 countries
17 items


Below is a list of Drought and desertification on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
All other drought and desertification
United States2010-11-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) cachet on Cosmo-SkyMed launch cover back, also front"Cosmo-SkyMed is used to observe events including fires, landslides, droughts, floods, pollution and earthquakes" (in text)


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