On June 28 - July 1, 2011 the 23rd Session of the International Coordinating Council (ICC) of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme was held in Dresden, which was attended by representatives of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the Russian MAB National Committee.
The International Coordinating Council of the MAB programme has announced the names of 10 winners of UNESCO MAB Young Scientists Award 2011 Competition which is given annually to support research activities for studying ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Among the laureates of the competition is Maria Pukinskaya (Russian Federation), who submitted her work for the judges’ consideration on “The hurricane damage long-range effects on spruce forests of the Central Forest State Nature Biosphere Reserve”.
During the session, a decision was also made to include the Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Nature Park in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO. This biosphere reserve located in the Volga Valley represents a mosaic structure of different landscapes – from species rich floodplain meadows, oak woods to the unique sturgeon spawning grounds.
The World Network of Biosphere Reserves currently consists of 580 sites (including 40 Russian) in 114 countries. It covers a variety of ecosystems: from coastal zones and islands to mountainous terrains, wetlands, tropical forests and arid areas.