Highlights

After one year of intense work, field missions across the Emirate and fruitful consultation with a broad range of supportive stakeholders, the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project comes to a close. Scientific assessments were produced that significantly enhance the understanding of the contribution of Blue Carbon ecosystems to the well-being of Abu Dhabi and its residents. Experts studied the geographic extent and carbon content of mangroves, salt marsh, seagrass, algal mats and sabkha, the other ecosystem services their provide, and the policy options and financial mechanisms that support their conservation. 

Thursday 13 Feb 2014

Mountains cover 25 percent of the world’s land surface, and directly support 12 percent of the world’s population living within mountain regions. Sustainable mountain development should be a global priority given the multitude of ecosystem goods and services that mountains provide; among the most important is water for half of humanity for drinking, irrigation and energy production. 

Monday 03 Feb 2014

Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft paid her first visit to GRID-Arendal on 17 January 2014.  The Minister met with the staff and Board of Directors, who briefed her on the activities and projects of GRID-Arendal. 

Friday 17 Jan 2014

Many Strong Voices (MSV) – a programme that brings together people and organizations in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to take action on climate change – has been voted by readers of The Guardian as one of the most influential campaigns on raising awareness on climate change.   

Tuesday 03 Dec 2013

Over the past several years, it has become clear that the severe damage and irreversible losses from climate impacts can no longer be avoided – peoples and communities around the world understand this all too well, as storms become more violent and unpredictable, sea levels rise, and coastal erosion literally pushes communities into the sea. These devastating impacts threaten the lives, livelihoods, property and culture of those most vulnerable to but least responsible for climate change. 

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

“Portraits of Resilience” photo exhibition opened on 18 November 2013 at the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19th Conference of the Parties.

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

The importance of fostering cooperation among countries and regions to address adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in developing countries, mountainous nations, and SIDS was the central theme of the side event ‘Adaptation without Borders: Building Cooperation for Resilient Regions’ organized jointly by INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and Oxford University’s Environment Change Institute (ECI) in collaboration with GRID-Arendal and other partner institutions at the UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday 14 November 2013.

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Two shadows hang over this year's United Nations Climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland...

Tuesday 12 Nov 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have achieved remarkable progress in development since 1990. But the job is not finished, and we still have a long way to go to reverse the increasing gap between rich and poor, the continuing environmental degradation and reduce the consequences of climate change.

Wednesday 23 Oct 2013

Norwegian jurist and top diplomat Hans Wilhelm Longva was especially known during an extensive and impressive career, for his diplomatic role in the Middle East.  The UNEP Shelf Programme also benefited from his wisdom and statesmanship.

Tuesday 15 Oct 2013