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Since 1989 MAB has been providing 10 young researchers each year with awards of up to US$ 5,000 in support of their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Through the MAB Young Scientists Awards, MAB is investing in a new generation of scientists worldwide because we think well-trained and committed young people are key to addressing ecological and sustainability issues.

The deadline for submission of application forms for the 2016 MAB Young Scientists Awards is 31 October 2015.

2015 Edition

The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) examined applications for the MAB Awards for young scientists during its 27th session on 8 - 12 June 2015.


The 2015 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 is meeting at the UNESCO until 12 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.

The people and projects recognized in 2015 are:

Victoria Gonzalez Carman (Argentina): Understanding the human dimensions of bycatch of large marine vertebrates in a small-scale fishery of Argentina;

Richmond Ametefe (Ghana): Impacts of socio-economic activities of communities on water resource management in the Songor Biosphere Reserve.

Angela Mwatujobe (United Republic of Tanzaniea): Contribution of local communities to the conservation of biosphere reserves.

Sameh Chaabani (Tunisia): Pine Forest under alert in the MAB Chaambi National Park in Tunisia : Tree-level impact assessment of long-term climate change and recent social unrest;

Vitaliy Turych (Ukraine): Forest ecosystems of the Ukrainian part of the West Polesie Transboundary Biosphere Reserve and global climate change;

The Nguyen Duc (Viet Nam): Outbreak of the coral eating snails (Drupella sp) in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve–habitat utilization and prey selection.

The $6,000 Michel Batisse Michel Batisse Award for a case study concerning the management of a biosphere reserve is attributed to Bandi Namkhai, Director of the Khustain Nuruu Biosphere Reserve in Mongolia, for his study of Khustain Nuruu.

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 651 MAB biosphere reserves in 120 countries.

Contact information Media Contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service (email:
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 64
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Keyword(s) ecosystems, natural resources, biodiversity
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News date 24/08/2015
Working language(s) AFRIKAANS