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Natural Sciences



  • © UNESCO/Dominique Roger
  • Drought in the Senegal River basin, Senegal.

The country hosts a UNESCO Cluster Office in Dakar, which covers Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

The Delta du Fleuve Sénégal Biosphere Reserve, shared by Mauritania and Senegal, was the 2nd Transboundary Biosphere Reserve established in Africa. Its management is assured by three inter-state bodies and a national committee in each country. A transboundary coordinating committee is in charge of the policy guidelines. 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.



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

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)

- 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

- Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP


- International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) International Oceanographic Data and Information exchange (IODE)

- OceanData and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA)

Earth Sciences

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

- Neoproterozoic ice ages (IGCP, Project 512)


Science Policy and Sustainable Development

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

Coasts and Small Islands

- Sustaining human and environmental health in peri-urban coastal communities More

- UNESCO Chair in integrated coastal management and sustainable development, established in 1997 at Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Dakar More

Renewable and Alternative Energies

- Solar lighting for literacy centres More

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