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Natural Sciences

Arab States


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The country is covered by the UNESCO Cluster Office Doha, in Qatar.

Oman finances the Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation. Awarded biennially, it honours individuals, institutions and organizations striving to preserve the environment.

Because lack of freshwater is a serious challenge to the country, Oman is one of many Middle Eastern countries that is active in researching desalination of sea water as a means of obtaining a more even supply of freshwater resources.

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



- UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System programme (IOTWS)

- UNESCO Chair in Seafood biotechnology, established in 2001 at Sultan Qaboos University More

Earth Sciences

- Ordovician palaeogeography and palaeoclimate (International Geosciences Programme (IGCP, Project 503)  

Coasts and Small Islands

- Tasks for coastal resources assessments and oil spill sensitivity mapping in the Arab States of the Gulf More

Natural Disaster Reduction

- Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (RELEMR) programme

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