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Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme

UNESCO prizes and MAB awards

The prizes managed by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme afford recognition to outstanding contributions in the management or preservation of the environment. They honour successful management of biosphere reserves in line with recommendations of the Seville Strategy, and foster access for young scientists, especially women, to advanced research facilities through respective prizes and awards schemes. The following  UNESCO Prizes are managed by the MAB Secretariat:

Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management

 This US$12,000 award is given every two years during the MAB Council, in memory of Dr Michel Batisse, for outstanding achievements in the management of the biosphere reserves in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy.

How to apply

2023 call for applications

Applications must be received by UNESCO no later than 15 March 2023 to be eligible. Only applications in English and French are accepted. Applications that are not endorsed by a MAB National Committee or a National Commission for UNESCO are not eligible for consideration. 

The Michel Batisse Award only acknowledges completed work accomplished within a Biosphere Reserve in the World Network.  Case studies that concern future work will not be considered.



MAB Secretariat
Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris SP 07, France