Highlights

GRID-Arendal staff celebrates World Oceans Day to highlight the many ways in which oceans contribute to society by jumping into the water just outside their offices at Rådhusbrygge at 12 o’clock on Monday 8 June. Local politicians, companies and individuals are invited to join or show their support by coming to Rådhusbrygge in their boats or kayaks.

Monday 08 Jun 2009

GRID-Arendal joins in the annual celebration of World Environment Day. Two UNEP reports, The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation and Vital Forest Graphics will be released on 5 June 2009 in Oslo and in Arendal, Norway. Both of these reports simultaneously point to the fact that conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems and the environment will not only become important, but they will provide our best and most effective way to slow down climate change. GRID Arendal has played an important role in both initiatives.

Friday 05 Jun 2009

The report, “The Environmental Food Crisis”, was launched at the 17 th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York today. It provides some new and sobering costs on how environmental degradation might impact food production, while highlighting new and promising paths.
Read the full press release | View the report online

Thursday 14 May 2009

The OECD has just released Natural Resources and Pro-Poor Growth.The Economics and Politics. This publication is intended to help decision makers in developing countries.

Wednesday 11 Feb 2009

GRID-Arendal wrote and produced a booklet on uses of satellite-based monitoring in adapting to climate change in regions influenced by ice and snow that was released at the UNFCCC Climate Change COP 14 in Poznan, Poland this month . The booklet features case studies on climate change adaptation in marine navigation in ice-infested waters, flood preparedness, hydroelectric generation, and sustaining Arctic indigenous communities.  It  was produced using examples from Polar View, a consortium of public and private sector Earth Observation service providers working through the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative supported by the European Space Agency and a contributor to the Nairobi Work Programme on Climate Change Adaptation.

Thursday 04 Dec 2008

A briefing event in connection with the release of the World Resources Report 2008 Roots of Resilience: Growing the Wealth of the Poor was held on 11 November 2008 at the Engebret Cafe in Oslo. Jointly organized by GRID-Arendal and the World Resources Institute, the event aimed at raising awareness about the report and its contents and to create a forum to debate and respond to the issues addressed in the report.

Friday 07 Nov 2008

In celebration of UN Day 2008, GRID-Arendal, Arendal Municipality and Aust-Agder County jointly organized a series of events at the UN House and the Arendal Cultural Centre and Municipal Hall. The theme of this year’s celebration is UNite to Combat climate change to support the call for a definitive agreement at the climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009. Norway’s Minister of Environment and Development Erik Solheim joined the celebration in Arendal.

Friday 24 Oct 2008

Paint for the Planet  – 23-25 October in New York and Arendal

Children from around the world are lending their support to global efforts to combat climate change through Paint for the Planet, an exhibit and auction organised by UNEP. Showcasing selected winning entries from the UNEP's International Children's Painting Competition, Paint for the Planet expresses the visions, fears, and hopes of the children for their future regarding the planet.

Wednesday 22 Oct 2008

This is the third Impact Seminar convened by GRID-Arendal to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the impact of environmental information on decision-making. This seminar aims to address the issues of how GRID-Arendal and UNEP can enhance their activities in the areas of communication and campaigns. The seminar will explore new possibilities that modern information technologies offer for communicating environmental information to decision-makers, the potential for cooperation with the media and publishers, and the ways to measure measure impact.

Wednesday 13 Aug 2008

If your country, city, community or company is looking to make a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint or increase ways to benefit the environment, all you need to do is join UNEP’s Climate Neutral Network (CN Net). CN Net  helps those interested to achieve their goals of achieving climate neutrality by making public the plans and strategies they have. They can also, thereafter, update progress or achievements, even challenges, encountered. Members can use the tools and resources on this site, as well as network with other existing members. The site contains videos, podcasts, posters, photographs and news alert service among its tools for members, and is RSS enabled.
Visit the CN Net website at www.unep.org/climateneutral

Tuesday 22 Jul 2008