SWAKOPMUND: Namibia Post Limited (NamPost) launched a new set of stamps during an open day celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre on Saturday.
Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NamPost, Bertie Reyneke indicated during the launch held at the centre that the stamps celebrate a half-century of scientific discovery at the Gobabeb centre.
The facility, located about 120 kilometres south-east of Walvis Bay, conducts training courses and aims to improve public awareness and knowledge of dry land ecology and environmental issues.
The acting CEO explained that since its inception, Gobabeb has been contributing to the “infinite process of scientific discovery”.
“NamPost would like to pay tribute to this respected institution, which for years has put the Namib Desert and Namibia on the proverbial scientific map,” Reyneke said.
The artwork for the stamps was done by philately artist Anja Denker.
The commemorative stamp issue features visuals of three of the centre’s well-known research subjects – dune grass, the Flying Saucer beetle, and the Namaqua Chameleon – all against the background of the Namib Desert.
The open day included talks, demonstrations and excursions at the centre and areas surrounding it.
A nature walk and a guided cultural walk combined with a demonstration of !nara harvesting provided a lot of information about the environment, while the latest publications in the training and research centre’s library, as well as the latest energy solutions including the centre’s expanded solar array, were also introduced to participants.