UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair (104), established in 1996 at M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (India). 


Adult education; Rural education; Environment protection and sustainable development; Learning by doing; Knowledge system for sustainable food security (computer-based network).


  • To develop an educational resource centre for rural development based on environmentally and socially sustainable patterns.
  • To impart a pro-nature, pro-poor and pro-women orientation to technology development and dissemination.
  • The UNESCO Chair co-ordinates the Asian Ecotechnology Network.

Host Institution

  • M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. Website


  • Members of the Asian Ecology Network.
  • Members of the International Network of UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chairs.
  • United Nations University. Website
  • Third World Academy of Sciences.
  • World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Website

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences.


Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
E-Mail address - msswami(at)
Work Phone - 91 44 235 1229
Fax - 91 44 235 1319
- Third Cross Street, Tarami Institutional Area
City - Chennai, Madras
Postal Code
- 600 113
Country - India