Highlights

Over the past several years, it has become clear that the severe damage and irreversible losses from climate impacts can no longer be avoided – peoples and communities around the world understand this all too well, as storms become more violent and unpredictable, sea levels rise, and coastal erosion literally pushes communities into the sea. These devastating impacts threaten the lives, livelihoods, property and culture of those most vulnerable to but least responsible for climate change. 

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

“Portraits of Resilience” photo exhibition opened on 18 November 2013 at the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19th Conference of the Parties.

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

The importance of fostering cooperation among countries and regions to address adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in developing countries, mountainous nations, and SIDS was the central theme of the side event ‘Adaptation without Borders: Building Cooperation for Resilient Regions’ organized jointly by INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and Oxford University’s Environment Change Institute (ECI) in collaboration with GRID-Arendal and other partner institutions at the UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday 14 November 2013.

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Two shadows hang over this year's United Nations Climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland...

Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have achieved remarkable progress in development since 1990. But the job is not finished, and we still have a long way to go to reverse the increasing gap between rich and poor, the continuing environmental degradation and reduce the consequences of climate change.

Wednesday 23 Oct 2013

Norwegian jurist and top diplomat Hans Wilhelm Longva was especially known during an extensive and impressive career, for his diplomatic role in the Middle East.  The UNEP Shelf Programme also benefited from his wisdom and statesmanship.

Tuesday 15 Oct 2013

The agreement is a response to the realization that mercury pollution is a global problem that no one country can solve alone. The convention was four years in the making, with morethan 130 nations agreeing by consensus to a final text in January 2013. It includes both compulsory and voluntary measures to control mercury emissions from various sources, to phase the element out of certain products and industrial processes, to restrict its trade, and to eliminate mining of it.

Thursday 10 Oct 2013

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are of increasing political interest as this approach helps preserve ecosystems and the goods and services they provide. Despite the valid global debate on pros and cons of this scheme, we believe that PES has compelling potential in helping to reduce negative impacts on the environment. For the proper synthesis of a functioning concept, certain prerequisites should be embodied such as legislation and institutional framework, property rights, contract designs etc.

Monday 07 Oct 2013

In conjunction with Arendalsuka 2013, TEDxArendal celebrated the rich history of Norway's Agder region -- an area known for coastal towns and seaworthy inhabitants -- by juxtaposing it with ideas for its future. 

Thursday 26 Sep 2013

GRID-Arendal, UNEP and the Abidjan Convention are organising a workshop together on State of the Marine Environment (SOME) reporting. It will take place in Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, from 31 October to 3 November 2013.

Monday 23 Sep 2013