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UNEP's GRID-Arendal recipient of prestigious "Green-Oscar" Princes' Award

Nairobi, 4 June 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme's Global Resource Information Database (GRID), located in Arendal, Norway was yesterday presented with the prestigious Princes' Award 1999. GRID-Arendal was given the award for the multimedia product State of the Environment Reports Sampler CD-ROM and "Cookbook" with National reports from (Central and Eastern Europe) CEE/NIS (Newly Independent States) countries.

GRID-Arendal's 'Cookbook for the state of the environment on the Internet' provides easy-to-use methodological guidance for the development of electronic environmental status reports to be published on the Internet or on CD-ROM.

The award was handed over to the GRID-Arendal Director, Mr. Svein Tveitdal by the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Ms. Ritt Bjerregaard. The Princes' Award is initiated by the European Environment Agency as a competition for the best audiovisuals on Europe's environment.

"We are very proud to receive this prize, said Managing Director, Svein Tveitdal of GRID-Arendal. "We think this award will lead to more countries using the methods we have developed, and that they themselves will start making such state of the environment reports. In a longer time perspective these environment reports will make it possible to compare the environmental situation in different countries."

The objective of the Award is to emphasize the importance of public participation in solving Europe's environmental problems and public involvement in the move towards sustainable development across the European continent.

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UNEP's GRID-Arendal recipient of prestigious "Green-Oscar" Princes' Award


Note to journalists: The global system of GRID centres is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme under its programme for environmental information and assessment. Under the Division of Environmental Information, Assessment and Early Warning, GRID addresses the following needs: keeps under review the state of the world's environment; improves access to multidisciplinary environmental information and enhances capabilities to use this information for decision-making, action planning and setting policy. GRID Arendal was established in 1989.

For more information, please contact:
Aake Bjorke,
Internet and Information Services Unit,
Tel.: 47 370 35711,
Tore J. Brevik,
Communications and Public Information,
Tel.: (254 2) 62-3292, Fax: 62-3692,
Patricia L. Jacobs,
Information Officer,
Tel.: (254-2) 62-3088, Fax: 62-3692,

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