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 4,150 peer reviewed titles (as of 10/2011) owned and published by over 350 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.


Research4Life: Developing World Access to Leading Research - Yale University Library, March 1st, 2012

New Journals Added in February 2012

New Journals Added in November 2011

WIPO's ARDI Programme Joins Research4Life

October 13, 2011. WIPO has joined the Research4Life partnership, which enables free or low cost online access in the developing world to vital scientific research, making WIPO's ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation) the fourth programme in the partnership. READ MORE

New Training Materials now available

September 2011. Please refer to our Training page for an OARE Short Course and for OARE Access Problems and Solutions for Full-Text Articles.

2011 New publishers

We welcome the following new publishers:

2010 New publishers: Earthscan joins Research4Life

June 2010. 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

July 2, 2009. 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 Renewed

June 2009. 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 2009 through 2011.

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


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.

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 of UNEP - [mp3 1.6M]

:: James Gustave Speth, Former Dean of Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies - [wma 451k]

:: Jonathan F. Fanton, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - [mp3 1M]


Other Sister Programmes with


Access to Research4life

Access to HINARI

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

Access to Research for Development and Innovation

Contact OARE

United Nations Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya

Contact OARE

Yale University

OARE Information Sheet [pdf 142kb]

OARE poster [pdf 915kb]

OARE Leaflet [pdf 1mb]

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