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GRID-Arendal celebrates 20 Years!

1989 - 1993


  • GRID-Arendal was inaugurated and established as a foundation under the Norwegian Ministry of Environment, as part of the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Resource Information Database (GRID).


  • The Soil Degradation Atlas was produced jointly with GRID-Nairobi.


  •  GRID-INFO and MYSYS-AIR, two prototype information systems with up-to-date environmental data and information, were developed by GRID-Arendal and distributed on diskettes.


  • The first SoE-Norway, as a PC-based information system, using the concept of "GRID-INFO", was produced by GRID-Arendal for the United Nations Conference on Development and Environment (UNCED) in Rio de Jainero.


  • GRID-Arendal expanded its Arctic network, produced maps and developed databases for international Arctic initiatives including the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), the International Data Directory Environment Arctic (IDDEA - later ADD), the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the International Northern Sea Route Programme (INSROP), and the Digital Chart of the World (DCW).
  • Its database has expanded and allowed online connection via modem or Internet,
  • Within the framework of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Environmental Research Programme for the Gulf of Riga, GRID-Arendal organized a course in spatial terrestrial modeling attended by participants from 7 countries.
  • A collection of maps and graphics were produced by GRID-Arendal for the  Green Globe Yearbook published by the Friftjof Nansen Institute.
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