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GRID-Arendal celebrates 20 Years!


  • GRID-Arendal's web site expanded, hosted new external and internal web sites including CEROI (Cities Environment Reports On the Internet), ENRIN, Poverty Mapping and the Maps and Graphics website.
  • More than 500 maps and graphics were produced by GRID-Arendal for AMAP's new and comprehensive Assessment Report "Arctic Pollution”, released at the first Ministerialmeeting of the Arctic Council.
  • UNEPnet/MERCURE was established in Arendal.
  • With technical support from GRID-Arendal and GRID-Bangkok, and with the use of UNEPnet, an indicator-based electronic State of Environment report for China was produced. The project was sponsored by NORAD and NEPA. The report was launched on the 25th of August, in the presence of Executive Director of UNEP Klaus Töpfer and Xie Zhenhua, China's Minister of Environment.
  • GRID-Arendal provided input to the Baltic 21 process in the form of a discussion paper “Information for Joint Policy and Decision-making Towards a Sustainable Baltic Sea Region” that outlines how a scientifically based institutional framework could be set up to ensure the provision of indicators and assessments to monitor the implementation of the Baltic 21 Goals and Action Programme.
  • GRID-Arendal, together with the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat (IPS), supported the Russian Indigenous Peoples organisation RAIPON in the first initiative to assess environmental threats affecting the traditional lifestyles of indigenous peoples in the Russian north, through a seminar held in Moscow in March 1998. Participating in the seminar were relevant Russian organisations and institutions, representatives from Danish/Greenlandic initiatives, Norwegian institutions, the European Parliament, IPS, and GRID-Arendal. The seminar resulted in a report (in English and Russian) with thematic maps produced by GRID-Arendal.
  • The publication Cookbook for State of the Environment Reporting on the Internet, 32-page booklet which provides easy-to-use methodological guidance for the development of electronic environmental status reports, was published on the internet and on CD-ROM.
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