Razakanirina would be researching climate change and the ecomorphology and viability of mangroves in north-western Madagascar. Elizabeth Kearsley from Belgium will research on foliage biomass study in the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Other awardees announced by the International Coordinating Council of the MAB programme include Aah Ahmad Almulqu from Indonesia who will be assessing carbon storage in tropical dry forests (case study in the Komodo National Park, Nusa Tengarra East) while David Paz-Garcia from Mexico will be looking at morphological and genetic diversity status of coral reefs and their symbionts in three Mexican biosphere reserves.
Raimundo Elias Gomez of Argentina will focus on practices and local representations of sustainability and conservation among inhabitants of protected areas in the buffer zones of the Yaboti Biosphere Reserve while Iordan Hristov of Bulgaria will be looking at improving the balance between residents and their environment in the biosphere reserves of the Central Balkan National Park in Bulgaria.
Maria Pukinskaya from the Russian Federation will look at the long-term dynamics of damage caused by a storm in a spruce forest in the Central Forest State Nature Biosphere Reserve and Laura Riba-Hernandez of Costa Rica will be studying diversity and altitudinal variation of owls in the secondary tropical forest of southern Costa Rica’s Pacific watershed, and their relations with vegetation structure.
Jariya Sakayaroj from Thailand will research conifer disease in Thailand’s mangrove and Juan Carlos Silva Tamayo from Colombia will look at a Holocene paleoclimatic reconstruction of the northwest of Latin America.
Each of the awardees will get $5000 for their research under the programme which has been running since 1989.