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Online Access to Research in the Environment

Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research.

Over 2,990 peer reviewed titles (as of 4/2009) owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 100 low income countries. Research is provided in a wide range of disciplines. Please read About OARE for more in-depth information on the project.

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♦Updated Training Materials now available
June . Please refer to our Training page for a presentation on using SCOPUS and for a training Module in Arabic.

♦Earthscan joins Research4Life
June . Earthscan is the latest publisher partner to join the Research4Life initiative, as the world’s leading publisher of books and journals on sustainable development and climate change. Now researchers and academics in eligible developing countries can access a selection of Earthscan development journals through the Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and the Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) programmes. For more information on Earthscan journals visit:

♦ Research4Life launches website
London, 02 July – Research4Life launched a new website ( to act as the public face of the Research4Life partnership for journalists, partners and institutions considering joining one of the programmes. It will include news about the programmes, information on the partners and participating institutions, testimonials and case studies.

♦ Funding is renewed
June - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have renewed funding t support the OARE project for a three-year cycle from through .

♦ UNEP Promotes Online Science in the Developing World
Read about OARE's impact on research: UNEP story

♦ OARE Impact in Africa: SUMAWA
Research for Life Achieving Sustainable Watersheds: Research4Life’s OARE platform helps researchers in Kenya address local environmental challenges. OARE is an international public-private consortium coordinated by UNEP, Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers. Download and view the video: SUMAWA

♦ New publishers:
We welcome the following new publishers: The American Metereological Association, the Revista Geografica Academica, and the Madagascar Wildlife Conservation.

Archive: Press Releases
Find out more About OARE from its launch to current activity.

Discourses on OARE
Listen to some of our partners talk about OARE

:: Achim Steiner , Executive Director, UNEP - [mp3 1.6M]
:: James Gustave Speth , Dean of Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies - [wma 451k]
:: Jonathan F. Fanton , President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - [mp3 1M]

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Please share with us how we can improve the effectiveness of our program. We are also interested in stories of how the OARE program has helped your institution achieve its mission. Click here to write to us.


"OARE will greatly improve scientific environmental research in developing countries and contribute to more effective policies and actions to safeguard our natural resources. We congratulate you for this outstanding initiative."

--Programa de Asuntos Internacionales y Biodiversidad
Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental, Peru

“Thank you very much. The number and quality of information we can now access is just incredible. Nowhere in this part of the world could we have found so much information. It will really improve the speed and quality of our work. Thanks again.”
--Cameroon Centre for Environment & Development


Check UNEP's publication site regularly for helpful and informative resources on the environment.


If you are interested in receiving information about joining OARE or free training opportunities through OARE, please send an e-mail to . In your message, please remember to include your name, the country in which you are residing, your preferred e-mail address, and the name of the institution with which you are associated.

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