Ecological Sciences Programme

The first law of Ecology is that everything is related to everything else.  Our environment, the world in which we live in, and work, is a mirror of our education and culture.

The EES division at UCO undertook an active and crucial part in the support offered to Member States from the Arab Region in the development of new Biosphere Reserves.  This was within the framework of the UNESCO-MAB multidisciplinary and the Ecological Sciences programme.   It encouraged its representation and participation in both the regional network of BRs the ArabMAB and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).

In this area, the division underlines the prestige attached to having a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List.  It also offers the Organization’s assistance to Member States to attain this end.

Strategy including Modality

The EES division activities in this field are implemented through a strategy that relies on the following:

Enhancing the ArabMAB Network and World Network of Biosphere Reserves

The EES division at UCO provides the necessary technical and financial assistance for research and studies.  They are toward the:

  • nomination of new biosphere reserves
  • transboundary biosphere reserves
  • upgrading the management of the existing ones in the Arab region 

To date, the Arab region is enriched with twenty four UNESCO nominated Biosphere reserves.  The are 6 in Algeria, 4 in Tunis, 2 in Egypt, 3 in Lebanon, 2 in Morocco, 2 in Sudan, and 1 in each of Jordan, Mauritania, Syria, Qatar, UAE and Yemen.

Extending support to the ArabMAB Meetings

For several years, the division has helped and continues to help the ArabMAB Coordinating Council in organizing their biannual meeting.  This done through technical and financial support.  

The objective of this activity is to empower ArabMAB Network and communication.  The network is an important assess of the UNESCO MAB programme.

Capacity building of young researchers and personnel working in biosphere reserves

Within this framework, the EES division at UCO in Collabration with EES division at Headquarters provides a bi-annual award.  It is awarded to young scientists from the region under the name of “MAB Young Scientist Award”. 

This award targets young researchers carrying-out interdisciplinary research in line with the MAB Programme.  Priority is given to projects carried-out in biosphere reserves, on the theme of ecosystems and water.

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ArabMAB Network

Capacity Building Activities

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