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Natural Sciences



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The country hosts a UNESCO Cluster Office  in Windhoek, which covers Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.

It is mostly desert, comprising both the Namib Desert along the coast, and the Kalahari Desert in the east. A harsh environment and a harsh economical situation have forged a country that is developing its science and research sector steadily, with many ties to UNESCO programmes.


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



- Water for human needs: Capacity-building towards improving groundwater for rural water supply in sub-Saharan Africa More

- Southern Africa Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (SA FRIEND)

- Sustainable Integrated Management and Development of the Arid and Semi-Arid Region of Southern Africa programme (SIMDAS)

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Sustainable Integrated Management and Development of the Arid and Semi-Arid Region of Southern Africa programme (SIMDAS)


- OceanData and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA)

Earth Sciences

- 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)

- GIS metallogeny of Central Asia (IGCP, Project 473)

- Palaeoproterozoic supercontinents and global evolution (IGCP, project 509)

Science Policy and Sustainable Development

- New Directions for Namibia's Science and Technology Sector [PDF format - 153 KB]

- UNESCO-UNU Chair on the Concept and Practice of Zero Emission in Africa, established in 1996 at the University of Namibia More

Renewable and Alternative Energies

- Solar Village Programme More

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