The Marine Division activities are centered around three components:
1. The UNEP Shelf Programme. UN General Assembly Resolution 57/141 (paragraph 38) calls on UNEP to use existing competence in the GRID network to assist developing states in completing the activities required to establish the outer limits of their continental shelves according to Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);
See website: www.continentalshelf.org
2. Marine and Coastal Sustainable Development – activities focus on ecosystem-based management and sustainable development, to ensure that the world’s coastal, marine and deep sea environments are valued and conserved; attention to climate change issues related to ocean and marine coastal environment are addressed and measures are taken to reduce environmental and socioeconomic impacts;
3. Building Capacity for responsible and sustainable management of Oceans and Coasts – identify opportunities for capacity development to strengthen management of marine resources and integrate considerations of the marine environment into national development planning; support organisations with sound marine and coastal information that will contribute to improved conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.
The Marine Division of GRID-Arendal aims to work in partnership with developing coastal states and Small Island Developing States to build capacity for an improved understanding of marine ecosystems and to promote the responsible management and sustainable use of the marine environment.