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UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme names laureates of Young Scientists and Michel Batisse awards

The 2014 Young Scientists Awards and the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management have been announced by the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme which has been meeting from 10 to 13 June in Jönköping and in the East Vättern Landscape biosphere reserve, from 10 to 13 June.

The MAB Programme has been granting awards of up to $5,000 each since 1989 to encourage young researchers to undertake work on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. An additional two special awards have been financed by the Austrian MAB Committee since 2010.

The people and projects recognized in 2014 are:

Mona Poorzady (Iran, Islamic Republic of): Replacement of forestry resources for fuel by renewable resources in the Arasbaran Biosphere Reserve.

Nizar Hani (Lebanon): Sustainable Territorial Management and Action Plan: Shouf Biosphere Reserve.

Julieta Rosell Garcia (Mexico): A comparism of plant communities in wet and dry environments to understand how bark contributes to plant survival under climate change.

Thomas E. Dela Cruz (Philippines): Biodiversity, taxonomy, ecological patterns and conservation of myxomycetes and macrofungi in Peurto Galera Biosphere Reserve and Sablayan Watershed Forest Reserve, Mindoro, Philippines.

Juraj Svajda (Slovakia): Monitoring of visitors (impacts and perceptions) in the Slovak part of the Tatra Biosphere Reseerve.

Michelle Jooste (South Africa): The invasive tunicates Ciona intestinalis and Botryllus Schlosseri: Habitat utilization and impacts.

The $6,000 Michel Batisse Michel Batisse Award for a case study concerning the management of a biosphere reserve is attributed to Ana Luisa R.Figueroa (Mexico), Director of Islands of the Gulf of California Flora and Fauna Protection, for her case study on “A group of fishermen and fishing families who became guardians of the San Pedro Martir Island, part of the Islas del Golfo de California Biosphere Reserve”.

Biosphere reserves are areas that promote innovative solutions to issues of conservation, ecology and sustainable development recognized as such by UNESCO’s MAB Programme. There are currently 631 MAB biosphere reserves in 119.


Media contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service,  +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 64, a.bardon(at)