GRID-Arendal's work addresses the challenges of adapting to rapid climate and environmental changes in these vulnerable parts of the world. Some parts of these regions are warming at twice the rate of the global average, producing record levels of multi-year sea ice loss, melting glaciers in all but a few mountain regions, and thawing permafrost. These shifts are bringing profound and rapid change to millions of people living within these regions and beyond.
Examples of our work in mountains regions include generating new knowledge about the impacts of climate change on water availability, food security, ecosystem function, and societies in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. We have also recently undertaken policy analyses to assess the extent to which climate change adaptation concerns are integrated into national and sectoral development policies and plans for these mountain regions: Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, East Africa, and Andes. Our past work includes promoting the inclusion of mountain-specific targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
In the polar regions GRID-Arendal promotes the resilience of reindeer herding societies and enhanced governance of protected areas in Mongolia and the Russian Far East. Together with a consortium of UN agencies, NGOs and academics, we support activities that promote the resilience of reindeer herders’ ecosystems and livelihoods. We are assisting people and institutions in the Arctic and other vulnerable regions (e.g. Small Island Developing States) to adapt to the effects of climate change and to tell their stories to the world. We also support UN Environment in the Arctic through our role as its Polar Centre of Excellence host the President of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).
All of our work is done in partnership with institutions in the regions, and globally through UNEP and its regional offices. Mountain partners include ICIMOD, UNEP-Vienna, CONDESAN and other regional mountain centres. Arctic partners include the University of the Arctic, the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandy (ICR) and other Indigenous Peoples Organisations, Arctic Council, EU-linked institutions such as ECORYS, University of Lapland/Arctic Centre, University of Tromsø, and others.
The project delivers products of Earth Observation data to understand and monitor changes to ecosystems.
HICAP is producing knowledge on how climate change affects natural resources, ecosystem services, and the communities that depend on them.
A series of policy assessments for different global mountain regions is being produced by GRID-Arendal and UN Environment.
Reindeer herders are facing lost pastures and land fragmentation caused by industrial development and other land-use changes.
Nunataryuk is a Horizon 2020 project which investigates the impact of permafrost thaw in Arctic coastal areas .
Building on the GLOBIO-related activities conducted in 2016, the project will further develop methodologies for participatory mapping...
We is coordinating the development of a Rapid Response Assessment to assess critical research gaps related to Arctic coastal permafrost
A Rapid Response Assessment to support the Global Peatlands Initiative.
The project highlights both the challenges and the solutions for sound waste management in mountain regions.
Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain...
Highlights from the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), 2012–2017
GRID-Arendal produced a peer-reviewed rapid response assessment to support the Global Peatlands Initiative in its initial work.
Each country and region of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) faces pressing environmental and developmental challenges ...
The report focuses on the impacts of climate change on people, ecosystems and the economies of the Central Asian countries.
Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and...
Mountains directly contribute to the lives of much of the world’s population through the provision of freshwater or irrigation for...
An assessment of the effectiveness of existing adaptation policy measures and the extent to which they apply to the Tropical Andes.
Changes in climate patterns are already evident in the South Caucasus countries – Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.
A comprehensive, regional understanding of the changing climate and its impact on water resources in five major river basins in the region.
The Western Balkans is a mountainous region and a hotspot of climate change. Over the past decades, warming has accelerated, and ...
The UNEP Year eBook 2014 update: Rapid Change in the Arctic presents the latest scientific knowledge and trends emerging from the Arctic...
This brief highlights the importance of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in mountain regions and the need to integrate them into the SDGs
This brief highlights the importance of integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DDR) in mountain regions into ...
This brief highlights the importance of mountain regions for energy-related issues and the need to integrate them into the SDGs
This report compares the needs of Arctic stakeholders can make to meet current and future requirements.
Mongolia’s reindeer herders and their taiga homeland are today facing unprecedented challenges.
Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent...
Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation. Climate change is causing significant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide.
This report examines the role of the global environment in impacting and influencing the efficiency of Arctic MEAs
The goal of Many Strong Voices is to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and SIDS
This report by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) highlights the phenomenon of climate change and...
The Changing Himalayas - Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources and Livelihoods in the Greater Himalayas
The futures of hundreds of millions of people across the world will be affected by declines in snow cover, sea ice, glaciers, permafrost ...
The Arctic is the world’s last continuous, undeveloped and unexploited coastal and marine region.
The Polar Environment Times No 3 was launched at the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland.