UNESCO’s mission is to build a culture of peace, eradicate poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue, through education, science, culture, communication and information.
Within the scope of the natural sciences, UNESCO’s strategic priorities are:
The use of scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources; The strengthening of science, technology and innovation systems and policies.
The UNITWIN AND UNESCO CATHEDRAL PROGRAM is designed to strengthen cooperation between universities and, especially,
to support Higher Education in developing countries. Launched by UNESCO in 1992, this action plan aims to be a movement in favor of academic solidarity worldwide.
The UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity and Conservation for Sustainable Development was officially established at the University of Coimbra in 2014.
Implement and support a network of researchers and institutions in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, conservation and sustainable development;
Invest in training and creation of educational resources for graduate students and researchers;
Creation and dissemination of digital platforms;
Promotion of science communication – Creation of bridges between academic circles and civil society;
Cooperation in the fields of research, training and communication of science with the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.
Chair Holder and General Coordinator
Chair Manager and Researcher
Anabela Mota Pinto
Health and Nutrition
History of Science and Biodiversity
Researcher and Scientific Adviser to the Chair
Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change
Paleoecology and Forensic Sciences
Social-Economic Governance and Sustainability
Biodiversity and Evolution
Joana Cabral Oliveira
Biotechnology and Microbiology
José Paulo Sousa
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Maria Fernanda Rollo
History, territories and communities
Marine and Coastal Processes
Environmental Risk Assessment
History and Communication of Science
The UNESCO Chair has had Mandume Ya Ndemufayo University (Lubango, Angola) and Lúrio University (Nampula, Mozambique) from the beginning as its partners. Over time, many others have come together, in the desire to create an integrated network of research, training and communication of science in the fields of biodiversity, ecology and sustainable development.