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Natural Sciences



  • © UNESCO/Alexis N. Vorontzoff
  • Semi arid landscape in the Sahel, Mali

The country hosts a UNESCO Cluster Office in Bamako, which covers Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

A UNESCO-EOLSS Chair of education and research on environment was established in 2001 at the University of Bamako to promote an integrated system of research, training, documentation and international collaboration in the field of environment with a focus on the Niger Basin.

At present, Mali is part of two UNESCO earth science projects, both of which involve studying the formation of the African continent. It was also one of the first countries to participate in the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) case study process, and still provides valuable data to the programme today.

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



- World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) national case study More

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

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- 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)

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)

- UNESCO-EOLSS Chair of education and research on environment, established in 2001 at the University of Bamako More

Earth Sciences

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

- 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)

- The boundaries of the West African craton (IGCP, Project 485)

- Neoproterozoic Ice Ages (IGCP, Project 512)

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