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Natural Sciences

Europe & North America


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  • Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn, Switzerland

Switzerland currently has two biosphere reserves listed with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme, including one located in the Alps, and is involved in one project aiming to study mountain ecosystems.

Switzerland is currently involved in a large quantity of UNESCO earth science projects, with interests ranging from the formation of the Rheic Ocean to the study of submarine mass movements.


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



- International Sediment Initiative (ISI) case study, under preparation More

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

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

- Alpine and Mediterranean Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (AMHY FRIEND)

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Global Change and Mountain Regions (GLOCHAMORE)

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)

Earth Sciences

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

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

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

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

- Dryland Change: Past, Present, Future (IGCP, Project 500)

- Global Comparison of Volcanic-hosted Massive Sulphide Districts (IGCP, Project 502)

- 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)

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

- Neoproterozoic Ice Ages (IGCP, Project 512

- 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

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