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About Björn Alfthan
Björn Alfthan
Programme Leader, Polar and Mountain Environments
Phone: +47 90734432

My main focus at GRID-Arendal is on communicating and advocating mountain and Arctic climate and environment issues to global, national and local audiences. I currently lead the Polar and Mountain Environments Programme.


A lot of my time is dedicated to the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP), where GRID-Arendal plays a leading role in communicating the latest science about climate change in the Himalayas to policy makers and other stakeholders in the region. At the European level, I’m closely involved on the communications side of the ECOPOTENTIAL project, a Horizon 2020 project focusing on enhancing the use of Earth Observation for protected area management.


For all of my work, I engage closely with partners from around the world, one of the most important being the the UN Environment’s Vienna Office, with which we jointly develop and implement a number of mountain-related projects. Other important partners include the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu and CNR in Italy.


I hold a Bachelors’ degree in Biology from Imperial College London and a Masters’ degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. Prior to GRID-Arendal, I worked at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome.

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