UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization


Natural Sciences

Latin America & the Caribbean


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  • Umayo Lake, Peru

The country hosts a UNESCO National Office in Lima.

A joint project with the Government of Peru using space technologies and in particular remote sensing is underway to address management issues in Machu Picchu and its valley, and provide the local conservation authorities with an effective management tool to better conserve the site in both its cultural and natural heritage values. One of its biosphere reserves, Huascarán, which is situated in the world’s highest tropical mountain range, is also a World Heritage Site.


Below you can access the projects that are currently being implemented in the country within the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector.



- International Hydrological Programme-Latin America and the Caribbean (IHP-LAC) Working group on snow and ice More

- Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy programme (HELP) project in the Jequetepeque Basin More

- From Potential Conflict to Co-operation Potential (PCCP) Lake Titicaca case study More

People, Biodiversity and Ecology

- Global Change and Mountain Regions (GLOCHAMORE)

- Biosphere Reserves (WNBRs


- Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS)

Earth Sciences

- Seismic Microzoning of Latin American Cities (IGCP, Project 487)

- Hydrogeology, Hydrochemistry and Management of Coastal Aquifers on the Atlantic Coast of South America (IGCP, Project 519)

Sciences Policy and Sustainable Development

- UNESCO Chair in Bioethics : ‘Biojurídica y Bioética’, established in 1999 at the University Feminina del Sagrado Corazón, Lima with La Sociedad Española de Biojurídica y Bioética, Madrid (Spain) More

Remote Sensing

- Using Remote Sensing to Provide an Effective Management Tool for Machu Picchu More

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