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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America


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  • Hydraulic lift on the Canal du Centre, Belgium

Belgium is supporting the Regional School on Integrated Management of Tropical Forests and Territories (ERAIFT), located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Run by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB) with the assistance of several countries, mostly sub-Saharan, ERAIFT is training a new generation of African specialists and decision-makers to apply the ecosystem approach in situ to forest management in Africa.

It is also involved in a large number of earth sciences projects, ranging from the study of submarine mass movements to the analysis of the East African rift system.

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



- Northern European Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND) More

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands project (SUMAMAD)

- UNESCO-Cousteau International Ecotechnie Chair / Network, established in 1993 at Vrije University More

- UNITWIN Network for Strengthening Higher Education Programs in Plant Biotechnology: Academic Networking for Agricultural Development and Preservation of Biodiversity in Peru and Brazil, established in 1995 at the University of Ghent More



- Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)


Earth Sciences

- Neoproterozoic Pan-African Belt of Central Africa (IGCP, Project 470)

- Dating Caspian Sea Level Change (CASPAGE, IGCP, Project 481)

- Geodynamics of the East African Rift System / Geophysical Characteristics and Evolution of the South-western Branch of the East African Rift System (IGCP, Project 482/489)

- Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions (IGCP, Project 495)

- Devonian land-sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate (IGCP, Project 499)

- Ordovician palaeogeography and palaeoclimate (IGCPProject 503)

- Global correlation of A-type granites and related rocks, their mineralization, and significance in lithospheric evolution (IGCP, Project 510)

- Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences (IGCP, Project 511)

- Karst Aquifers and Water Resources (IGCP, Project 513)

- Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the last 30,000 years: Sea level change and human adaptation (IGCP, Project 521)


Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

- UNESCO-PRELUDE Chair on sustainable development, established in 2001 at the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix More

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