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Natural Sciences

Arab States


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The country hosts a UNESCO Cluster Office in Beirut, which covers Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Autonomous Palestinian Territories.

The Shouf Biosphere Reserve covers about 5% of the overall area of Lebanon. Designated in June 2005, it was the first biosphere reserve in Lebanon. It is composed of 24 villages and 2 protected areas: the Al Shouf Cedar Reserve and the Ammiq Wetlands.

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



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

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs)

- UNESCO–Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair as a Resource Centre For Policy-Making, Education, Technical Assistance and Research For Sustainable Ecological Development, established in 2001 at the University of Balamand More

Earth Sciences

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

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

Science Policy and Sustainable Development

- Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Lebanon More

- Avicenna Virtual Campus (AVICENNA)

- Establishing Science and Technology Parks More

Coasts and Small Islands

- Sustainable living in small historic coastal cities More

Natural Disaster Reduction

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

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