Welcome to the Marine Division

The earth’s ocean and coastal ecosystems play a crucial role in maintaining the global environmental equilibrium. Healthy and productive oceans provide essential services to human communities, supporting economic wellbeing, and human health. These include: providing food, shoreline protection, water quality maintenance, waste treatment, a source of non living resources for energy and trade, recreation and tourism, culture and playing a critical role in regulating the earth’s climate.

Human activities are putting the Blue World under increasing pressure. The resulting changes in the marine environment are occurring at a faster pace than anticipated, affecting especially the most vulnerable marine ecosystems. Through capacity development, assessment initiatives and innovative communication and facilitation tools and processes, the Marine Division promotes responsible and sustainable management of our oceans and coasts by addressing issues of sovereignty, natural resource management, coastal habitat conservation and a transition to a green economy.

News & updates

Marine Newsletter #3 2014 – March
Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for March 2014
Monday 31 Mar 2014
Marine Newsletter #2 2014 – February
Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for February 2014
Monday 03 Mar 2014
Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project Comes to a Close
After one year of intense work, field missions across the Emirate and fruitful consultation with a broad range of supportive stakeholders, the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project comes to a close. Scientific assessments were produced that significantly enhance the understanding of the contribution of Blue Carbon ecosystems to the well-being of Abu Dhabi and its residents. Experts studied the geographic extent and carbon content of mangroves, salt marsh, seagrass, algal mats and sabkha, the other ecosystem services their provide, and the policy options and financial mechanisms that support their conservation.
Thursday 13 Feb 2014
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05 Jan 2014 |
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04 Jan 2014 |
Australia protests over shark 'cull'
04 Jan 2014 |