GRID Polar Division News

Announcement from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released its recommendation, Report No. 30 (2004-2005) to the Storting: Opportunities and Challenges in the North, which urges increased involvement in the North, and cooperation with Russia.
Friday 15 Apr 2005
Open Consultative Forum for the International Polar Year 2007-08
GA participated in the Forum, which provided a consultative platform for Polar Year development, facilitating dialogue among the numerous stakeholders, the expression of views on IPY and a venue for exchange of information with the IPY Joint Committee on IPY development.
Thursday 10 Mar 2005
Arctic development and climate change threaten some of planet’s last wild coasts
Less than one percent of critically important coastal areas protected says new UNEP report.
Friday 25 Feb 2005
Fruitful CBNRM Workshop in Moscow
The GRID-Arendal Polar programme co-hosted a workshop on Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Moscow, February 1-3 2005.
Wednesday 16 Feb 2005
Site updates
The links page has been updated with much more information, as well as the assessment page. We would also like to welcome Lauren Haney to GRID-Arendal. Lauren is an intern through IISD and from Canada. She will assist in updating the information on the site over the upcoming months.
Wednesday 16 Feb 2005
Arctic Human Development Report Now Available
The Arctic Human Development Report is the first comprehensive scientific assessment of human well-being covering the entire Arctic region. Mandated under the Arctic Council's 2002 Ministerial Declaration as a priority project designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for the work of the Council's Sustainable Development Programme, the AHDR was a centerpiece of the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council during 2002-2004. The report contains 11 substantive chapters, an introduction, a conclusion, and a summary of major findings. Based on contributions from some 90 scientists, the report offers a wide-ranging assessment of achievements and challenges relating to human development in the Arctic.
Monday 24 Jan 2005
Fourth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting
GRID-Arendal participated in the Fourth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on November 25th 2004, in Reykjavík, Iceland, as an observer. Among other things, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment was accepted by the member countries.
Thursday 25 Nov 2004
New head of polar programme at UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Joan Eamer, MSc (zoology) and BSc (biology), currently Head, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science Section, Environment Canada, has been recruited as GA's Head of Polar Program from 15 February 2005.
Monday 22 Nov 2004
Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
The Arctic is warming much more rapidly than previously known, at nearly twice the rate as the rest of the globe, and increasing greenhouse gases from human activities are projected to make it warmer still, according to an unprecedented four-year scientific study of the region conducted by an international team of 300 scientists.
Monday 08 Nov 2004
New UNEP report warns of threats to unique Arctic ecosystem
Over-fishing of cod and haddock, nuclear waste storage, the invasion of the Red King crab and a projected six-fold increase in oil and gas transportation are some of the issues threatening the unique Barents Sea Arctic ecosystem scientists are warning.
Tuesday 24 Aug 2004