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Arendal, Norway – On October 4th, GRID-Arendal has invited the Fylkesmann’s office to share best practices in data management in Aust-Agder with a delegation from the five Caspian states: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and Turkmenistan. The presentation will be part of a four-day training workshop hosted jointly by GRID-Arendal and the European Environmental Agency, taking place in both in Copenhagen and in Arendal.  The workshop is being held in support of the Interim Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea, also known as the Tehran Convention and will provide delegates with training in environmental data management.

The Caspian Sea basin is a unique ecosystem, with approximately 400 species native to the region. There is growing concern however, that many of the Caspian biotas are threatened by overexploitation, habitat destruction and pollution. At the same time, the Caspian Sea region is home to one of the world’s richest deposits of oil and gas. Indeed, Statoil is a significant player in the Azerbaijani gas industry, with a 25.5% share in the Shah Deniz gas field, which is situated in the Caspian Sea.

The recent surge in the exploitation of hydrocarbons has turned the region into a player of global significance. These developments underline the need for cooperative approaches to the common environmental problems these countries are facing.

 The Tehran Convention was developed in response to these concerns, and is based upon the conviction that cooperation between the Caspian states is the only way to protect the marine environment of the Sea for present and future generations. GRID-Arendal is actively involved in supporting cooperation in this region, by facilitating the work of the Interim Secretariat of the Tehran Convention. The development of a web-based information and communication resource – the Caspian Environmental Information Centre (CEIC) is one of several contributions to these efforts.

On October 4th and 5th, 7 delegates from the Caspian states will travel to Arendal to engage in an intensive hands-on training programme about the effective and efficient use of the CEIC. The training workshop, entitled Implementation of data management for the Caspian Environmental Information Centre (CEIC) will expose the delegates to European methods of environmental information management and will support their efforts to ensure fair and sustainable resource utilization, and conservation of the marine environment in the Caspian Sea. In the case of each of the participating countries, it is the administrative regions bordering the Caspian Sea that are the key stakeholders in efforts to manage the environment. It is for this reason, that GRID-Arendal has invited the Fylkesmann’s office to present at the workshop. By sharing with delegates the best practices of data management in Aust-Agder, the Fylkesmann’s office will be contributing directly to success of the workshop.

The Implementation of data management for the Caspian Environmental Information Centre workshop is funded by BP and GRID-Arendal.


About GRID-Arendal

GRID-Arendal, a non-profit foundation established by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment in 1989, is a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The foundation’s programme of work is focused on the changing global environment and the challenges these changes present to people everywhere. We envision a society that understand and values the environment on which it depends. By combining the best science and research with innovative communications methods, we produce easily-accessible information for decision-making, individual action and positive change.


Valentin Vasilyevich Yemelin

Head of Capacity Building and Assessment Programme, GRID-Arendal
Phone: +47 99 51 22 29

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