Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme awards 26 research grantsThe International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO, meeting from 23 to 27 October in Paris, gave MAB Young Scientists Awards to ten young scientists, 15 grants for young researchers working on the great apes of Africa, and the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management.
The 2007 MAB Young Scientists Awards, up to US$5,000 each, encourage young scientists to carry out interdisciplinary projects on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity in keeping with the MAB Programme, which focuses on sustainable interaction between people and their environment.
The 2007 laureats are: Lucía Souilla (Argentina), Mingyong Chen (China), Ri Un Hyang (Republic of Korea), Nisrin Benayad (Morocco), Joanna Adamczyk (Poland), Dmitry Gorshkov (Russian Federation), Ndeye Astou Niang (Senegal), Jeevani Manishka De Mel (Sri Lanka), Lulu Tunu Kaaya (Tanzania), Anuttara Nathalang (Thailand).
A new grant of up to US$5,000 each have been awarded to 15 young scientists carrying out research on great apes in Africa: George Oweyesigira (Uganda), Richard Muhabwe Rugyendo (Uganda), Annette Mirembe (Uganda), Djibril Diouck (Senegal), Charles Rugerinyange (Burundi), Yvette Lakoue (Central Africa Republic), Marc Yagueme (Central African Republic), Geoffroy Guichard (Congo), Abraham Mayoke (Congo), Jared Sylvister Bahuza (Tanzania), Bila-Isia Inogwabini (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Barthelemy Doui (Central African Republic ), Innocent Masiala Mabialo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Josué Mbonekube (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Carine H. Nzotekoumie (Gabon).
An award for biosphere reserve management was created this year and attributed to Birgit Reut-Hornsteiner (Austria). It is named after Michel Batisse, who was the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for science from 1972 to 1984 and one of the founders of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. The US$6,000 Michel Batisse grant will be awarded every two years for a reserve management case study.
On 24 October, during the meeting of the International Coordinating Council of the MAB Programme, Spain’s Minister of the Environment, Cristina Narbona Ruiz, announced that the third international congress of biosphere reserves will be held in Madrid from 4 to 8 February 2008. The next session of the International Coordinating Council of the MAB Programme will also take place in Spain.
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