Assessments and Reporting

As part of UNEP’s Africa Environmental Information Network (AEIN), GRID-Arendal has been actively working towards strengthening environmental data management in Rwanda and Ethiopia. In Rwanda, the work with the State of the Environment: Information Networking in Rwanda has resulted in stronger networks for environmental information sharing as well as helped creating more solid institutional structures for environmental assessment and reporting.

Other publications that the Africa activities are involved in is the Africa Environment Outlook (AEO) which is the key information-based decision support tool of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment. Additional activities include contributions to the upcoming Global Environment Outlook 5, one of the core UNEP publications and highly influential in environmental decision-making across the globe.

GRID-Arendal’s Rapid Response Assessments are publications produced to assess and debate urgent environmental matters. The latest publication in this series is Green Hills, Blue Cities: an Ecosystems Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities which was launched on the eve of the 2011 World Water Day in Cape Town. The assessment discusses the link between water, urbanization and ecosystems both from an overall regional perspective and through in-depth case-studies of seven African cities.

UNEP’s Atlas of our Changing Environment series comprise a list of publications that in a graphic and visual way communice environmental change. By the use of maps, satellite images and pictures, the impacts of human activities and climate change is presented. GRID-Arendal has coordinated the production of the Uganda Atlas and, building on this success, is working on the production of two new atlases together with collaborating African partners - a Zambia Atlas and a Zambezi River Basin Atlas.

Feasibility study

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