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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America


  • UNESCO/A. Rossi

The European regional Centre for Ecohydrology, based in Lodz, is operating under the auspices of UNESCO to promote integrated multidisciplinary ecohydrological research at the catchment level for the sustainable management, protection and restoration of aquatic resources. The efforts of the International Hydrology Programme (IHP) and the Man and the Biosphere programme (MAB) are combined to tackle this crosscutting theme.

There are also 9 biosphere reserves in Poland, which provide context-specific opportunities to combine scientific knowledge and governance modalities to reduce biodiversity loss and enhance social, economic and cultural conditions for environmental sustainability. Three of these are Transbounday Biosphere Reserves (TBR): the Krkonose/Karkonosze TBR is shared with the Czech Republic, the Tatra TBR, shared with Slovakia, and the East Carpatians TBR, shared with Slovakia and Ukraine. Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine created the Foundation for the Eastern Carpathians Biodiversity Conservation (ECBC) to support transboundary cooperation in managing their shared TBR.

Poland has been expanding its interest in the earth sciences over the past decades, and is presently involved in 7 projects relating to themes ranging from the study of the role of Holocene environmental catastrophes in human history to Devonian land-sea interaction.



- World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) Danube River Basin case study More

- European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology More

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

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)

- European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology More

Earth Sciences

- Triassic Time and Trans-Panthalassan Correlations (IGCP, Project 467)

- The role of Holocene environmental catastrophes in human history (IGCP, Project 490)

- Middle Palaeozoic vertebrate biogeography, palaeogeography and climate (IGCP, Project 491)

- The Rheic Ocean: Its origin, evolution, and correlatives (IGCP, Project 497)

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

- Ordovician palaeogeography and palaeoclimate (IGCP, Project 503)

- Marine and Non-marine Jurassic: Global correlation and major geological events (IGCP, Project 506

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


Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

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