Overview

GRID-Arendal has produced publications, in both printed and electronic formats, on a wide range of issues related to the environment.


Recent publications

How to identify Forest Crime - Africa, Asia and Latin America
The illegal trade and exploitation in flora, such as illegal logging, has been estimated to represent a value of 30–100 billion USD annually. Th ...
The Last Straw? - The additional burden of climate change on food security in the Himalaya
The food price spikes of 2007–08 brought foodsecurity into sharp focus on the global agenda.Declines in international commodity markets,financia ...
The Environmental Crime Crisis
Given the alarming pace, level of sophistication, and globalized nature that illegal trade in wildlife has now notoriously achieved, UNEP initia ...
UNEP Year eBook 2014 Update - Rapid change in the Arctic
The Arctic is changing twice as fast in terms of warming asthe rest of the world. What happens to migratory species inthe Arctic will affect wha ...
Time to act - To reduce short-lived climate pollutants
Short-lived climate pollutants are everywhere in our lives. They are impacting the climate system and the quality of our air. It is time to act ...
Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project
The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, facilitated bythe Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was aone-year project, ...
Mountain policy briefs for discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain regions ...
Zambia - Atlas of our Changing Environment
Zambia has abundant water resources, vast forests,huge mineral deposits, and large tracts of arableland. These natural resources are important f ...
Deep Sea Minerals
Rising global demand for metals and developments in technology have recently renewed industry interest in exploring, and exploiting, deposits of ...
Strengthening the Africa Environment Information Network
The Africa Environmental Information Network (AfricaEIN) initiative succeeds the old Africa environmental InformationNetwork, which was launched ...
Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the World Ocean Assessment
In large marine regions, undertaking integrated assessments can be expensive and time consuming, but sound information is critical to understand ...
Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Africa
Large-scale land investment is not a new phenomenon in Africa, but the speed and scale at which it is occurring today makes it one of the most p ...
Toxic metals in children’s products: an insight into the market in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Toys and many other children’sproducts can keep children happy forhours. The right toys can stir youngimaginations, and often encourage thefirst ...
Zambezi River Basin - Atlas of the changing Environment
The Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment isa basin collaborative initiative with the objective of providingscientific evidence ...
Elephants in the Dust - The African Elephant Crisis
The African elephant, the largest remaining land mammal on the planet, is facing thegreatest crisis in decades. Reports of mass elephant killing ...
Stolen Apes - The illicit trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans
The illegal trade in wildlife makes up one part of the multi-billion dollar business thatis environmental crime and is increasingly being perpet ...
The State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment
The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) was established in 1975as a coherent legal and institutional framework for cooperationthrough which all Medi ...
Mercury - Time to act
This report speaks directly to governments involved in the development of the global treaty on mercury. It presents updates fromthe UNEP Global ...
Dniester river basin - Environmental Atlas
The Environmental Atlas of the Dniester Basin is the first attempt to present the environmental state of the transboundary river in a visual for ...
SIDS-FOCUSED Green Economy: An Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities
The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in1992 marked the first time that the specialcharacteristics of SIDS were paid significantattention and were ...
Vital Ozone Graphics - Third edition - 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
On 16 September 1987, the treaty known as the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed into existenceby a group o ...
Abidjan Convention Sustainable Seas pilot workshop
Life on earth is fundamentally and inextricably linkedto the marine environment. Our oceans and seas regulate global processes such as climate a ...
Green Carbon, Black Trade: Illegal Logging, Tax Fraud and Laundering in the Worlds Tropical Forests
Environmental crime and the illegal grabbing of natural resources is becoming an evermore sophisticated activity requiring national authorities ...
The contribution of Space Technologies to Arctic Policy Priorities
This report compares the needs of Arctic stakeholders (as articulated in policies and strategies) with the contribution different types of satel ...
Vital Graphics on Payment for Ecosystem Services - Realising Nature’s Value
This publication highlights the concept and selected market segments relating to payments for ecosystem services. It emphasises the role natural ...
Green Economy in a Blue World - Full report
The world’s oceans and coasts – the Blue World – are the cornucopia for humanity. They provide us with food, oxygen and livelihoods.
Blue Carbon - First Level Exploration of Blue Carbon in the Arabian Peninsula
Healthy natural coastal ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, saltwater marshlands and seagrass meadows provide a vast array of important co-ben ...
Vital Waste Graphics 3
The world population is steadily increasing, consumption levels are growing, and as a result the global waste heap is getting bigger and bigger. ...
Caspian Sea - State of Environment 2011
The first State of the Environment Report of the Caspian Sea (SoE-Report) was prepared by GRID-Arendal and presented at the Third Meeting of the ...
Changing Taiga: Challenges for Mongolia’s Reindeer Herders
Mongolia’s reindeer herders and their taiga homeland are today facing unprecedented challenges from unregulated mining, forest logging, loss of ...
Environment & Poverty Times No.7
Water management and resource efficiency for green growth in East Asia is the focus of Issue 7 of Environment & Poverty Times. Jointly prepared ...
Why value the oceans? A discussion paper - February 2012
Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet, yet we are just beginning to discover the extent of the resources, both biotic and abiotic, th ...
State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment
The Mediterranean Sea is complex in its ecology and its social dimensions. Twenty-one countries border the basin of this heavily used and highly ...
Vital Caspian Graphics 2 - Opportunities, Aspirations and Challenges, 2012
The Caspian Sea region has witnessed important developments in the past decade and many opportunities are still available. The region is a major ...
Case Lake Sevan - Integrated Environmental Assessment of Lake Sevan (Armenia)
Lake Sevan, located in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, faces environmental challenges, caused by overexploitation of its water reso ...
Biofuels Vital Graphics - Powering Green Economy
Biofuels Vital Graphics visualizes the opportunities, the need for safeguards, and the options that help ensure sustainability of biofuels to ma ...
Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes
Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent droughts an ...
Living Planet: Connected Planet – Preventing the End of the World’s Wildlife Migrations through Ecological Networks
Through the air, over land and in water, over ten thousand species numbering millions of animals travel around the world in a network of migrato ...
Towards a Green Economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
Nearly 20 years after the Earth Summit, nations are again on the Road to Rio, but in a world very different and very changed from that of 1992. ...
Orangutans and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management in Sumatra
Deforestation is responsible for approximately 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is therefore a major contributor to climate change, b ...
Environment and Security in the Amu Darya River Basin, 2011
The prime aim of this report is to identify the environmental stress points in the Amu Darya basin which have, or may have, security repercussio ...
Climate Change in Eastern Europe, Russian, 2011
The publication prepared by Zoi in cooperation with GRID-Arendal and the Environment and Security initiative explores the impacts of climate cha ...
Africa Environment Outlook 3 - Authors guide
The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a reference point for all players involved in the AEO-3 production process. The main aim is to en ...
Working for the Environment - Examining environmental challenges in South Africa
Working for the Environment is prepared by GRID-Arendal for the Department of Environmental Affairs (former Department of Environmental Affairs ...
Continental Shelf - The Last Maritime Zone - Update (Status in September 2010)
During the past decade, many coastal States have been delineating the limits of their maritime zones. This process is defining the exact extent ...
Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities
Africa is currently the least urbanised region in the world, but this is changing fast. Of the billion people living on the African continent, a ...
Coal Land - Faces of Donetsk
In this publication we have tried to collect data, thoughts and impressions from several years of cooperation between the Environment and Securi ...
State of Environment - Information Networking in Rwanda
During the preparation of the first Rwanda State of Environment and Outlook in 2009, it became evident that there is a lack of reliable core dat ...
High mountain glaciers and climate change - Challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation
Climate change is causing signifcant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide. Although glacier systems show a great amount of inherent ...
Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean 2010
“Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrates both the urgent need to act and the significant benefits that co ...
Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Limitations and strengths of environmental agreements
The Arctic region is characterized by some of the largest continuous intact ecosystems on the planet, but is facing increasingly larger threats. ...
Uganda’s Environment and Natural Resources: Enhancing Parliament’s Oversight
Uganda’s natural resource base is one of the richest and most diverse in Africa, resulting in the country’s economy relying heavily on goods and ...
Too much - Too little Water: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas and Central Asia
The feasibility study concludes that time is limited in terms of coping with dramatic challenges to livelihoods in the region. A cross-boundary ...
Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development
Biodiversity and ecosystems deliver crucial services to humankind – from food security to keeping our waters clean, buffering against extreme we ...
Arctic Biodiversity Trends 2010: Selected indicators of change report
Unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes, and peatlands have been disappearing over recent decades, and some ...
The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin
Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushme ...
Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development
“Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development” not only identifies the threats to human and ecological healt ...
Vital Ozone Graphics 2 - Climate Link (Resource Kit for journalists)
Vital Ozone Graphics 2.0 - Climate Link is a Resource Kit for journalists, which provides them with the essential visuals, facts, links and c ...
Reports on environment and urban development for Alaverdy, Gumri and Hrazdan in Armenia
The integrated urban environmental assessment reports based on GEO-Cities methodology covering three Armenian cities: Alaverdy, Gumri and Hrazda ...
Many Strong Voices - Turning Vulnerability into Strength
Climate change presents the human race with profound choices that go beyond the current debate over new technologies, economic, and social costs ...
Vital GEO Graphics
“Vital GEO Graphics” is an electronic booklet that is based on the UNEP publication Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4). This is one of many pu ...
Environment and Security issues in the Southern Mediterranean Region
If not addressed and resolved, environmental problems – water shortages, land degradation, pollution – can become security threats. In this resp ...
Himalaya reports
3 reports are available as Interactive e-books: * "Water Storage - A strategy for climate change adaptation in the Himalayas" * "The Changin ...
Khaidarkan Mercury - Addressing primary mercury mining in Kyrgyzstan
UNEP and UNITAR are pleased to present to you this overview document outlining the situation regarding the world’s last known exporting me ...
Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon
A new Rapid Response Assessment report released 14 October 2009 at the Diversitas Conference, Cape Town Conference Centre, South Africa. Compiled ...
Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Food Security in the Canadian Arctic
Canada is internationally recognized as an economically wealthy and progressive country. Hunger is not an image that many associate with a G8 coun ...
Towards sustainable energy services for households and small businesses – barriers and recommendations
Today households and small businesses in developing countries are often dependent on using traditional bioenergy solutions such as cooking on op ...
The Environment & Poverty Times No. 6
The theme of the 6th issue of Environment and Poverty Times is resource efficiency as a catalyst for a greening of the world economy and its sub ...
The Uganda Atlas - Evidence of Uganda’s changing environment
The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment, prepared by the National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda, provides extensive scientif ...
Reindeer husbandry and Barents 2030 - Impacts of future Petroleum Development on Reindeer husbandry
The future for reindeer husbandry in the barents region is highly dependent on the availability of grazing land. Extensive oil and gas development ...
The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation
A rapid response assessment report released by UNEP to mark World Environment Day 2009 indicates thatboosting investments in conservation, resto ...
Vital Forest Graphics
A publication of theUN Environment Programme, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Forum on Forests that serves as an advocacy to ...
An Integrated Ecosystem Management Approach to Conserve Biodiversity
The report highlights some of the main achievements of ECORA over the last 5 years. The project results represent the efforts of many people and ...
The Environmental Food Crisis
The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises A new rapid response assessment report released by UNEP warns that up to 25% of the world ...
Climate in Peril - A popular guide to the latest IPCC reports
This book presents the substance of the Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in simplified langua ...
Best Practices in Environmental Information Management in Africa: The Uganda Case Study
Environmental management in Uganda was first accorded the attention it deserves with the creation of the Ministry of Environment Protection in 1 ...
A Case for Climate Neutrality
These case studies convey frank and personal testimony activities. Several of these case studies relate examples where surrounding the challenges, ...
Environment and Security: Transforming risks into cooperation
The case of the Eastern Caspian Region This report examines the role and impact of environmental factors in securing human safety and sustained ...
Vital Water Graphics - 2nd Edition (2008)
An Overview of the State of the World’s Fresh and Marine Waters The report presents an overview, through a set of graphics, maps and other ill ...
Kick the Habit: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality
A new UNEP publication, written and produced by GRID-Arendal for World Environment Day 2008, shows how various levels of society can work towards ...
World Heritage and the Arctic - International Expert Meeting
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, jointly with the Nordic World Heritage Foundation (NWHF) and with the generous support by the Prince Albert II F ...
The Environment & Poverty Times No. 5
The paper features a collection of short articles, maps, graphics and other illustrations that focuses on the complex links between environment ...
In Dead Water
Merging of Climate Change With Pollution, Over-Harvest, and Infestations in the World's Fishing Grounds A rapid response report that mapsthe m ...
The Last Stand of the Orangutan
State of Emergency: Illegal Logging, Fire and Palm Oil in Indonesia's National Parks The survival of orangutans and other rain forest wildlife ...
Vital Caspian Graphics - Challenges Beyond Caviar
We often associate the Caspian Sea with caviar that is legally or illegally finding its way to our tables, but overlook the footprints left by a ...
Global Outlook for Ice & Snow
The “Global Outlook for Ice & Snow” is a special and unique UNEP report launched to mark World Environment Day on 5 June 2007. Snow and ice, wit ...
Vital Ozone Graphics
"Vital Ozone Graphics – resource kit for journalists" is a joint publication of UNEP DTIE OzonAction and GRID-Arendal. It features 30+ new graph ...
Balkan Vital Graphics
Environmental protection is one of the areas where the Balkan countries still face a big challenge to catch up with their western neighbours. Af ...
The Vital Climate Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean
Vital Climate Graphics Latin America and the Caribbean is a collection of graphics that highlight greenhouse gas emission trends, observational ...
Vital Climate Graphics - Update
The publication of this second edition was prompted by the popularity of the first edition and the obvious need for providing updated informatio ...
Vital Arctic Graphics
The fate of the Arctic environment deserves global consideration. The Arctic is the world’s last continuous, undeveloped and unexploited coastal ...
Our Precious Coasts
Marine pollution, climate change and the resilience of coastal ecosystems The ability of coral reefs to survive in a globally-warming world may cr ...
Vital Waste Graphics 2
The second edition of Vital Waste Graphics looks at the lifecycle of products and provides a wealth of data, text and graphics that shed a light ...
Planet in Peril: An Atlas of Current Threats to People and the Environment
This Atlas illustrates through texts and beautifully rendered maps, graphics and diagramsa holistic and well-researched analysis of today’s glob ...
Mining for Closure: Policies, practises and guidelines for sustainable mining and closure of mines
Mining for Closure – Policies and guidelines for sustainable mining practice and closure of mines aims to present a basis for action within Sout ...
Environment and Poverty Times #4 (Sep 2005)
A new edition of theEnvironment and Poverty Times was launched at the World Summit 2005 in New York. The paper focuses on the vital role of envi ...
Environment and Security: Transforming risks into cooperation - Central Asia - Ferghana / Osh / Khujand area
Recent political developments in Kyrgyztan and Uzbekistan have once again drawn the world s attention to the Ferghana valley. Being the most fer ...
Environment and Poverty Times #3 (Jan 2005)
Special Edition for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction January 18-22, 2005, Kobe, Japan. This edition features a collection of articles ...
The Fall of the Water
Emerging threats to the water resources and biodiversity at the roof of the world to Asia’s lowland from land-use changes associated with large-sc ...
Vital Waste Graphics
The publication "Vital Waste Graphics" was initiated by the Basel Convention Secretariat and produced in partnership with the Division of Enviro ...
The Environment and Poverty Times #2 (Mar 2004)
The links between the environment and poverty are complex and often invite misunderstanding. Catchy titles such as "Poverty is pollution" and "H ...
Polar Times (Oct 2003)
The Polar Environment Times No 3 was launched at the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Polar Environment Times feat ...
Arctic Times #1 (Aug 2002)
The Arctic has always gripped our imagination. The early explorers who came back from their journeys told the world about a barren land with ice, ...
The Environment and Poverty Times #1 (Aug 2002)
The links between the environment and poverty are complex and often invite misunderstanding. Catchy titles such as "Poverty is pollution" and "H ...
Vital Climate Graphics Africa
The latest report (Third Assessment Report) of the UNEP/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes a warming of approximately 0. ...
Vital Climate Graphics
Vital Climate Graphics are based on the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was established by the United Nat ...
Cookbook for State of the Environment Reporting on the Internet
GRID-Arendal's Cookbook for State of the Environment Reporting on the Internet is a 32-page booklet which provides easy-to-use methodological gu ...

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