New Biosphere Reserves to be listed and science prize winners to be announcedThe 18th session of the International Co-ordinating Council for the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), will be held at Headquarters from October 25 to 29. During the session, the Council will consider the inclusion of twenty-four sites in 12 countries in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Announcements on those approved for inclusion will be made on 29 October.
The Council will also examine proposals for a new agenda for the MAB Programme, which will emphasize new cooperation opportunities addressing climate change and carbon sequestration issues. Other possibilities to improve knowledge of conservation science and practice will also be explored.
Also on October 29, the laureates of the MAB Young Scientist Awards for 2004 will be announced. The Awards encourage young scientists to conduct interdisciplinary research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity, in line with the MAB Programme’s focus on sustainable interactions between people and biosphere. Ten to 15 awards of up to $5000 each are granted each year.
Biosphere reserves are pilot areas seeking to reconcile development and the conservation of biodiversity. There are at present 440 MAB biosphere reserves in 97 countries.
The MAB Council comprises representatives from 34 UNESCO Member States and meets every two years. It is responsible for guiding and supervising UNESCO’s MAB Programme. At its meetings, the Council also elects a six-member Bureau, whose responsibilities include approval of new biosphere reserves.
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