Projects & Activities

Organised, environmental crime constitute crime that is linked to illegal logging, fisheries, mining, illegal disposal of and sale in toxic waste, and poaching and trade in endangered species of flora and fauna. It is estimated that the economical consequences of this form of crime exceeds the world’s combined official development assistance of 120 million USD. 

Large-scale land investments is not a new phenomenon in Africa, but the speed and scale to which it is occurring today makes it one of the most pressing issues on the continent. These land investments are promoted by its advocates as “win-win” solutions - benefiting national economies, rural development and ensuring food security at the same time. Critics on the other hand view large-scale land acquisitions as “land grabbing”, a process that undermines local land rights and that disproportionately affects the socially and economically vulnerable who bear the bulk of the costs while reaping few of the benefits of the transactions. 

Sustainable tourism incorporates positive economic, socio-cultural, environmental considerations and impacts, both during planning and implementation. Tourism is the largest industry sector supporting protected areas, and the biggest service industry around the world. It is estimated that nearly 70 million new jobs will be created as a result of tourism industry over the next 10 years (WTTC 2011).

Over the years GRID-Arendal has been working on a range of project activities in Africa. Current activities relate to skills sharing and environmental knowledge generation through assessment and reporting. Falling under the Capacity Building and Assessment Programme of GRID-Arendal, Africa activities focus on providing science-based environmental information for resource management and decision-making.

Fredskorpset (FK Norway) is an exchange programme supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that promotes mutual capacity building and ‘partnerships for development’ as a way to strengthen the understanding between the North and the South. The programme supports GRID-Arendal’s vision of capacity-building and is carried out with UNEP’s support as it contributes to the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building. The exchange strengthens the expertise of GRID-Arendal and of collaborating partner institutions in addressing international environmental issues.

In EECCA GRID-Arendal continues to build on long-standing interactions with a range of countries and the in-depth understanding of the region acquired by staff and key partners over the past two decades. The primary rationale for GRID-Arendal's engagement continues to be its contribution to strengthening the capacity of national institutions in environmental information management, with the aim of making reliable, accurate and up-to-date information easily accessible to a broad range of stakeholders in the region and beyond. 
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