The Science Programme in the UNESCO office in Harare seeks to develop the capacities of the cluster countries and the SADC region in the following key areas:
- Capacity building and education in Water management under the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP)
- Promotion of a sustainable relationship between humans and their environment through the Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB)
- Capacity building for monitoring and mitigation of the impacts of global change
- Science, technology and Innovation (STI) policy development within the African Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Initiative (ASTIPI)
- Promoting access and retention of Women in Science and Technology
The Science Programme in Harare particularly works to promote sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources.
Our strategy involves expanding the knowledge base of the processes of the hydrological cycle, including river basins, aquifer systems and ecosystems; and developing Biosphere Reserves as tools for integration of conservation, socio-economic development, research and education.
In cooperation with the Hydrology Division and UNESCO Windhoek, and within the UNESCO-led ISARM programme, support is provided to initiatives in tramsboundary aquifer management.
Climate change and bio-diversity loss are major challenges for the subregion. Within the hydrology and man and biosphere activities, the Office supports cluster countries in developing change monitoring and adaptation capacities with a focus on awareness raising, education, policy advice and knowledge sharing.
Under the umbrella of UNESCO’s ASTIPI programme, coordinated by the Division of Science Policy and Sustainable Development; Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are currently supported to review their STI Policies with the objective of enhancing the leverage of Science for Development.
Additionally, a joint UNESCO-SADC programme will train STI policy experts in the subregion. Within the overall UNESCO priority of Gender Equality, in cooperation with the Regional Science Office in Nairobi, civil society and SADC are supported to strengthening access and retention of women in science and technology.