Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)

Knowledge for Sustainable Development


A virtual dynamic library equivalent to 200 volumes

The Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) is an integrated knowledge base dedicated to the health, maintenance, and future of life on planet Earth, focusing on sustainable development in all aspects from ecological issues to human security. Coordinated and developed by the UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee, and sponsored by Eolss Publishers of Oxford, UK, this Internet-based archive is regularly updated, with contributions from thousands of scholars in over 100 countries, and edited by nearly 300 subject experts.

The encyclopedia is designed to be a guide and reference for a wide range of users: from natural and social scientists to engineers, economists, educators, university students and professors, conservationists, policymakers. It can be browsed through the Table of Contents, or particular chapters can be found by using the Search Page. The list of result is arranged in subject domains, touching all areas of UNESCO's interest.

Access to EOLSS is made available free of charge to universities and higher institutions in least developed countries (LDCs). Universities from developing countries also receive an appropriate discount. It is available to others at nominal subscription rates, with a free trial period of at least 60 days.

Read the press release which accompanied the launch of the encyclopedia in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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