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Natural Sciences


Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso
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The country is covered by the UNESCO Cluster Office in Bamako, Mali.

A UNESCO Chair on Gender, Science and Development in Africa is based at the University of Ouagadougou. This chair aims to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities so as to give girls and women access to the scientific and technological culture and enable them to participate in the sustainable development of the African continent.

The first Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Africa, the 'W' Biosphere Reserve, is jointly managed by Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. It constitutes a good example of a functioning Transboundary Biosphere Reserve.

Below you can access the projects that are currently being implemented in the country within the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector.


- Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) Nakambe basin project More

- Assessment of Pollution Status and Vulnerability of Water Supply Aquifers of African Cities More

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- UNESCO-MAB / UNEP-GEF Regional Project on building scientific and technical capacity for effective management and sustainable use of biodiversity in dryland biosphere reserves in West Africa More 

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs

Earth Sciences

- Pan-African Network for a Geoscience Information System (PANGIS)

- The Boundaries of the West African Craton (IGCP, Project 485)

- Palaeoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution (IGCP, Project 509)

- Neoproterozoic Ice Ages (IGCP, Project 512)

Basic Sciences

- ‘Families First in Africa’ project to ACT against AIDS More 

- UNESCO Chair on Gender, Science and Development in Africa, established in 2004 at the University of Ouagadougou More

- UNESCO Chair in biotechnology, established in 1997 at the University of Ouagadougou More

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