The OARE programme enables academic, research and government institutions in developing countries to gain free or low cost access to an impressive body of research in the environment and related fields. Set up by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2006 together with Yale University and major scientific publishers, OARE provides access to a collection of up to 11,500 scientific journals, 27,000 e-books, 40 databases and other information resources in 118 countries.

OARE is designed to bridge the knowledge gap between developing countries and the industrialized world, and to build the capacity of researchers and experts to facilitate the development of science-driven policies for a sound management of the environment.