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UNESCO announces six winners of Young Scientist Awards

PARIS, May 30 — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday announced six winners of Young Scientist Awards and Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management.

The announcement was made by the International Co-coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program, which met at UNESCO's Headquarters from 27 to 30 May.

The 2013 laureates of Young Scientist Awards in the MAB program were selected from all over the world. The six winners were Julio Blas Garcia from Spain, Angela Camargo from Mexico, Bilal Habib from India, Hilaire Kouakou from Cote d'Ivoire, Atieh Kazemi Mojarad from Iran and Claudia Munera from Nicaragua.

Their scientific research and surveys mainly focus on biodiversity protection at nature reserves and sustainable development of biosphere reserves through the promotion of key ecosystem services.

Nicaragua's Munera proposed a concept of "Biocultural design", setting a framework to identify sustainability issues in Rio San Juan Bisosphere Reserve and Fortress of the Immaculate Conception, Nicaragua.

The MAB program has been granting awards of up to 5,000 U.S. dollars each since 1989. These grants are intended 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 6,000 U.S.-dollar Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management was attributed to Marisa Coetzee and Harry Biggs (South Africa) for their case study concerning the South African Kruger to Canyons 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. (PNA/Xinhua)


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