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Natural Sciences



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  • Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, Benin

The country is covered by the UNESCO Cluster Office in Accra, Ghana.

Benin  hosts a UNESCO-UNEVOC centre for technical education and professional training in Cotonou.

The first Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in Africa was established in 'W' in 2002. This huge area (3,122,313 km˛), shared by Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger, is jointly managed by the 3 countries and constitutes a good example of a functioning Transboundary Biosphere Reserve.

Another of Benin's reserves, the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, is among those taking part in a regional project entitled 'Building Scientific and Technical Capacity for Effective Management and Sustainable Use of Dryland Biodiversity in West African Biosphere Reserves'.

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


- Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy programme (HELP) project in the Upper Oueme Basin 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

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)


- Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

- 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)

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

- Palaeoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution (IGCP, Project 509)

Basic Sciences

- UNESCO Chair in sciences, technologies and environment, established in 1996 at the National University of Benin More

- UNESCO Chair in mathematical physics and applications, established in at the Abomey-Calavi University, Cotonou More

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