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GRID-Arendal celebrates 20 Years!

2005 - 2006


Vital Arctic Graphics: People and Global Heritage on our Last Wild Shores
During the 23rd Session of the Governing Council of UNEP in February 2005, Vital Arctic Graphics: People and Global Heritage on our Last Wild Shores was launched. This publication was produced and published by GRID-Arendal in co-operation with WWF International Arctic Programme, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) International Secretariat.
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The GLOBIO programme became the largest global modelling effort on biodiversity loss. GLOBIO entered a new phase as the outcome of its new consortium structure, where UNEP’s biodiversity centre WCMC in Cambridge, the Netherlands Environmental Institute and GRID-Arendal combined their efforts in presenting a new and truly groundbreaking modelling effort. For the first time, major established and well-reputed models on climate change, pollution, land use, infrastructure and fragmentation merged to create the GLOBIO 3.0 – the Global Biodiversity Model.

Global Virtual University
Under the guidance and supervision of the UN University, and in cooperation with a network of universities within Norway, the UK and Africa, GRID-Arendal’s GVU continued to develop curricula and study programmes. The Master’s level study programme ‘Global Environment and Development Studies’ (GEDS) was implemented with students from four African countries and Norway enrolled. In addition the Africa University Network (AFUNET) was established to enhance the capabilities of African universities to take advantage of the opportunities associated with the emergence of the global information society.


The climate-neutral GRID House, GRID-Arendal’s headquarters in Arendal, Norway was inaugurated. The building demonstrates GRID-Arendal’s exemplary commitment to environmental responsibility through design, material use and operation.

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