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Natural Sciences

Africa & Arab States


  • Quleib, Egypt

The country hosts the Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States region, located in Cairo, which is also the Cluster Office to Egypt, Sudan and Yemen. 

The Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semi-arid Zones in Sixth of October City is operating under the auspices of UNESCO. It is dedicated to the scientific study of arid and semi-arid zones and promotes policies for integrated and sustainable water resources management at all levels.

Egypt is involved in the Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands project (SUMAMAD). The project aims to provide improved and alternative livelihoods to dryland dwellers and reduce these areas' vulnerability to land degradation. One of the fields investigated is the use of alternative and non-conventional sources of water.

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



- Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semi-arid Zones (RCTWS)  

- Nile Basin Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND/Nile Project)


People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- The Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands project (SUMAMAD

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)


- International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) International Oceanographic Data and Information exchange (IODE

- OceanData and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA)

Earth Sciences

- Sustainable Use of Platinum Group Elements (IGCP, Project 479)

- Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions (IGCP, Project 495)

- Karst Aquifers and Water Resources (IGCP, Project 513)

- Coastal vulnerability related to sea level change (IGCP, Project 515)

- Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the last 30,000 years: Sea level change and human adaptation (IGCP, Project 521)


Basic Sciences

- International Centre for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) in Allan, Jordan


Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- Avicenna Virtual Campus (AVICENNA)

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

Natural Disaster Reduction

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

- Programme for the Assessment and Mitigation of Earthquake Risk in the Arab Region (PAMERAR

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