The 28th International Council for the Coordiantion of Unesco’s UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, the Michel Batisse prize was given to the Wudalianchi Biosphere Reserve, in China’s northern province of Heilongjiang. This recognition is given each year to help research programs on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. Chinese researcher Qu Shuguang received the award at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, currently taking place in Lima.
(SOUNDBITE, mandarín) Qu Shuguang, Chinese researcher
“I feel this prize is the result of help from the Chinese Communist Party of China and the government, as wlel as efforts made by the administration of the Wudalianchi Biosphere Reserve. This prize is very important, as it represents the recognition from the international community for our work. It also encourages a greater effort in the future to improve protection and development in the future, in accordance with the Man and the Biosphere Programme.”
The ceremony also saw the projection of a documentary about the Wudalianchi reserve, which shows an ample ecosystem, which has enjoyed innovative solution to problems related to conservation, ecology and sustainable development, showing how humanity can live in harmony with its natural habitat.