Natural Sciences

Coastal livelihoods in the Pacific © Denis Chang Seng

Science as the Foundation for a Sustainable Future

UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Programme in the Pacific aims to mobilize scientific knowledge and policy for sustainable development in order to find solutions to the economic, social and environmental challenges we are facing today. 


The UNESCO Office in Apia collaborates with Pacific member countries with the following objectives:

  1. to provide the scientific knowledge, technical training and policy advice required to manage water efficiently, fairly and environmentally,
  2. to support a global network of biosphere reserves that function as a living laboratory to test ways of managing natural resources while fostering sustainable development,
  3. to coordinate national research and ocean observation programmes aiming to enhance forecasts, reduce uncertainty about climate change, improve the management of marine ecosystems and resources and provide early warnings of tsunamis and other ocean-related disasters,
  4. to reduce disaster risks by contributing to the assessment and mitigation of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods and landslides,
  5. to give small islands a voice in today's knowledge society, while developing and disseminating wise coastal practices,
  6. to strengthen natural resource management based on indigenous knowledge and skills related to cultural and biological diversity,
  7. to support projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry, the life sciences and their interdisciplinary applications that serve national needs.

Use the menu on the left or click on the area of work below if you want to find out more about our activities and projects on a particular topics.

To find out more about UNESCO's work on Natural Sciences, visit Science for a Sustainable Future

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For an overview of NATURAL SCIENCES PROJECTS IN ALL COUNTRIES served by the UNESCO Apia Office, click here.

You can access PUBLICATIONS concerning the areas of work of the UNESCO Natural Sciences sector in Apia here.

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