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Indian researcher Bilal Habib wins UNESCO Yong Scientist Award for Uttarakhand ecological programme

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New Delhi: Indian researcher, Bilal Habib is one among the winners of 2013 UNESCO’s Young Scientist Award.

He was conferred the award for his ‘Design and Development of an Ecological Monitoring Programme’ in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand, India, involving local communities.

The 2013 winners of the Young Scientists Awards and of 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 met at UNESCO’s Headquarters from 27 to 30 May 2013.

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 other winners of the year 2013 awards

Julio Blas Garcia (Spain) for Praying for the “white dove”: How do wildlife populations perceive massive human pilgrimages;

Angela Camargo (Mexico) for An assessment of the effectiveness of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve to preserve populations and functionality of large bodied herbivorous mammals;

Hilaire Kouakou (Côte d’Ivoire) for Biodiversity protection project at the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve;

Atieh Kazemi Mojarad (Iran) for Sustainable development of Biosphere Reserves through the promotion of key ecosystem services;

Claudia Munera (Nicaragua) for “Biocultural design” as a framework to identify sustainability issues in Rio San Juan Bisosphere Reserve and
Fortress of the Immaculate Conception, Nicaragua.

The $6,000 Michel Batisse 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.

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