Maps & Graphics Library

The GRID-Arendal Maps & Graphics Library is an on-going project to collect and catalogue all graphic products that have been prepared for publications and web-sites from the last 15 years in a wide range of themes related to environment and sustainable development. There are currently 3064 graphics available in the database.

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World bioenergy technical potential in 2050 World bioenergy technical potential in 2050
Studies indicate that global bioenergy use is approximately 10 percent of the global energy mix, with a growth rate of 1.3 percent per year. Future projections for the supply of bioenergy are shown in the figure. The analysis is based on four scenarios for environmental targets, based on technical potentials that differ depending on agricultural efficiency, production systems, technology and water supplies. The scenarios span a wide range of gl...
01 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Forest Carbon Sequestration Forest Carbon Sequestration
Converting land for biofuel production can cause biodiversity impacts in the short-term, but such conversion also aects the future resilience of natural ecosystems. In an extreme case, complete deforestation reduces the ability of forestland to regenerate and absorb carbon in the future.
01 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Biofuels crops and biodiversity Biofuels crops and biodiversity
Biofuels pose several environmental and social risks. Therefore, to be truly a part of the green economy, biofuels need to comply with a set of safeguards along the entire production chain. Any bioenergy development strategy must integrate such safeguards at all levels, from policy to investments and the project itself. As impacts can be significant, they need to be assessed from a number of angles, including: • Direct and indirect lan...
08 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Estimated costs and benefits of restoration projects in different biomes Estimated costs and benefits of restoration projects in different biomes
Biodiversity is the basis for any development; it is the natural capital, the stock of natural ecosystems, which provide services for any human activity. As pointed out above, the main immediate threat to biodiversity from biofuel production is through changes in land use, but longer-term threats may come from the spread of invasive species and uncontrolled use of genetically modified (GM) organisms. The environmental and social costs o...
01 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Victims and affected people in Pakistan flood, August 2010 Victims and affected people in Pakistan flood, August 2010
Seasonal fooding can occur along all the major watersheds in the Himalayan region (Figure 11–14). The largest problems occur in food prone areas with high population densities. This includes parts of northeast India, south-central Nepal, central and southern Pakistan, large parts of Bangladesh and lower reaches of the large rivers in China. In India around 40 million people are affected by fooding annually and the damage has been estimated...
15 Feb 2010 - by Riccardo Pravettoni
Recent flood events in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region Recent flood events in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region
Since Asia comprises a large portion of the World’s popula- tion, and more than 40% of all the foods in the world occur in Asia, a large number of people are affected by disasters (Fig. 14). More than 40% of the people killed by natural di- sasters are killed in Asia (Fig. 15). In the ten-year period from 1999–2008, 402 foods were recorded in Africa, 342 in the Americas, 259 in Europe and 649 in Asia. In the same time period close to 1 bill...
03 Feb 2010 - by Riccardo Pravettoni
Urban growth rate in Africa Urban growth rate in Africa
Africa’s urban centres are currently growing at an annual rate that is the fastest compared to other regions. The urban expansion is expected to continue, with cities like Abuja and Ouagadougou expecting very high growth in the next decade, while Cairo, Africa’s largest city, is projected to see a comparatively lower growth rate.
27 Feb 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Water scarcity in Africa Water scarcity in Africa
Wetlands are essential in providing and storing freshwater, but today more than half of South Africa’s wetlands have been destroyed or degraded and it is estimated that by 2025 South Africa will suffer from water scarcity.
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Biodiversity threats Biodiversity threats
South Africa is recognised as the third most megadiverse country in the world. The abundance of biodiversity found within its borders covers an estimated ten per cent of the world’s plant species, seven per cent of all bird, six per cent of all mammal, and five per cent of all reptile species found on the planet. Due to various causes ranging from unsustainable land use and farming practices, to invasion by alien species and climate change, So...
21 Jun 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Smuggling routes of illegally logged ramin timber from Indonesia, including from national parks and protected areas Smuggling routes of illegally logged ramin timber from Indonesia, including from national parks and protected areas
Illegal transport and organization of illegal logging by syndicates. Much of the timber is re-sold during transport and thus changes ownership en route, obliterating tracking efforts to trace origins and diluting import-export figures.
07 Mar 2011 - by Hugo Alhenius
Global flyways of the six subspecies of Red Knot Global flyways of the six subspecies of Red Knot
The Red Knot is a migratory shorebird that travels up to 20,000 km twice a year from its breeding grounds on the high Arctic tundra to its southern non-breeding sites. Along with having one of the longest total migrations of any bird, some populations also fly as much as 8,000–9,000 km between stopover sites in a single flight. As a shellfish-eating specialist avoiding pathogen-rich freshwater habitats, the Red Knot relies on the few large ti...
15 Nov 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Cheetah and Wildebeest in East Africa Cheetah and Wildebeest in East Africa
Protecting the Cheetah’s range also benefits other migratory wildlife, including those not currently protected by international agreements such as Appendix I of the CMS. The Serengeti- Mara-Tsavo landscape, for example, is home not only to a globally important population of Cheetahs, but also to vast numbers of migratory Wildebeest, Zebra, Eland and Thomson’s Gazelle. In 2011, the Tanzanian government ensured that the proposed commercial road n...
08 Mar 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

Interactive map collection

Search and explore vast amounts of global and regional data through an interactive interface. Make your own custom map or learn more about specific features in the map.
Geoportal of the Dniester River Basin Dniester basin GIS A database of spatial data for the joint management of the Dniester river basin, covering the countries of Moldova and Ukraine, including the Transnistria region. The portal includes interactive maps and the river basin atlas and is available in English and Russian.
Uganda Biofuels Atlas Uganda Biofuels Atlas An interactive atlas on the potential for biofuels in Uganda, based on a study by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of Uganda. The map presents the suitability for Jatropha curcas (physic nut), oil palm and sugarcane and potential conflicts with conservation and food production (maize).
Arctic Environmental Atlas Arctic Environmental Atlas This interactive map service for the Arctic region presents a variety of environmental themes on issues from conservation to climate change and biodiversity.
Baltic Environmental Atlas Baltic Environmental Atlas Browse the environmental variables in the region around the Baltic Sea, using the data from the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin GIS.
University of the Arctic Atlas University of the Arctic Atlas Interactive map with an overview of the institutions in the University of the Arctic network, and the Arctic environment.
Shelf OSDS data inventory map - Marine Geophysical Data Map Shelf OSDS marine geophysical data inventory map The Continental Shelf Programme has been established to support developing countries in establishing their delineation of the continental shelf, to enable them to properly state their claims. This interactive map is a part of the Continental Shelf Programme Shelf OSDS geophysical data inventory map (ShelfOSDS) and displays the existing inventory of geoscientific data held by the Shelf Programme. This includes bathymetry, seismic, magnetic and sediment data in the form of drill samples, tracklines and other observations.

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