United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

UNESCO Chair in the Development of a Sustainable Geo-environment (835), established in 2009 at Cardiff University (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).


Sustainable geo-environment.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of the development of a sustainable geo-environment. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe and North America, and in other regions of the world.
  • In the first phase, the Chair will focus on experiential learning using field demonstration projects designed to conserve and protect vulnerable groundwater resources in rural India and, building on the solution sets developed in India, the Chair will use these as a template for testing and application in West Africa, consistent with priorities determined by NEPAD and ministerial meetings.
  • In phase 2, additional funding will be sought to extend the South-North-South exchange to other African countries.

Host Institution

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Natural Sciences.


Prof. Hywel Thomas, Geo environmental Research Centre (GRC), Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University
UNESCO Chairholder, Director of GRC
E-Mail address -
Work Phone - +44 (0)2920 874965
Fax - +44 (0)2920 874292
- Queens Buildings, The Parade, Newport Road,
City - Cardiff
- Wales
Postal Code
- CF24 3AA
Country - U.K.