Indian among Unesco’s young scientist award winners

Paris, May 30 (IANS) Bilal Habib from India was Thursday named as one of the six winners of the Young Scientist Awards instituted by the Unesco.

The announcement was made by the International Co-coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which met at the Unesco headquarters May 27 to 30, Xinhua reported.

The 2013 laureates of Young Scientist Awards in the MAB programme were selected from all over the world.

The other five winners are Julio Blas Garcia from Spain, Angela Camargo from Mexico, Hilaire Kouakou from Cote d’Ivoire, Atieh Kazemi Mojarad from Iran and Claudia Munera from Nicaragua.

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

The MAB programme has been granting awards of up to $5,000 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 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.

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