The University of the Arctic celebrates its 10th year anniversary with a special seminar on the theme of Green Growth and the Arctic. The seminar, which was hosted by the University of Lapland on 8 June 2011. Featured speakers included Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (President of Iceland), Hannele Pokka (Permanent Secretary of Finland’s Ministry of the Environment), Gustaf Lind (Sweden’s Arctic Ambassador), J. Okalik Eegeesiak (President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association), Nicolas Bertrand (UNEP’s Green Economy Expert). The seminar is expected to open up new opportunities for cooperation in the Arctic.
Friday 10 Jun 2011
GRID-Arendal, the Arendal Diving Centre/Diving Club and Flumill AS celebrated World Oceans Day with a series of events including a refreshing dip in the sea in front of the UN House.
Members of the Arendal Diving Club shared their experiences and findings when diving in the waters around Arendal. They picked up garbage from the bottom of the harbour area, showing a bad example of how people are treating the ocean.
On the other hand; as an example of harnessing the resources of the ocean; representatives from Flumill AS presented their patented technology and plans to test a 1.5 MW tidal power pilot system by the end of this year.
Wednesday 08 Jun 2011
GRID-Arendal in collaboration with UNEP's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the UN-ESCAP are currently preparing the 7th issue of Environment & Poverty Times (EPT). We would like to invite contributors to submit brief narrative articles.
Tuesday 03 May 2011
Mr. Satinder Bindra, Director for Communications and Public Information of UNEP visited GRID-Arendal on 25 March. He met with the staff to discuss cooperation between UNEP and GRID-Arendal in the areas of communication and outreach.
Monday 28 Mar 2011
A new Rapid Response Assessment report entitled Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystems Approach to Water Resource Management for African Cities, prepared by GRID-Arendal for UNEP and UN-HABITAT, was launched in Cape Town on the occasion of World Water Day 2011. According to the report urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa’s landscape and also generating challenges for water supply and sanitation services.
Monday 21 Mar 2011
GRID-Arendal has produced a film to present key features of a budding communications and learning platform by and for local communities and practitioners, MAIN. The Mitigation and Adaptation Information Network (MAIN) for Sustainable Communities is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based initiative to enable the sharing of experience to promote innovation and capacity building in local green economy activities.
Thursday 17 Mar 2011
UNEP released the Green Economy Report on 21 February at its annual meeting of the world's environment ministers held in Naorobi. The layout and design of the online version of the report was prepared by GRID-Arendal.
Monday 21 Feb 2011
Students visiting Antarctica as part of the Students on Ice Antarctica University Expedition send a message to the 100 or more environment ministers gathering in Nairobi this week for UNEP's 26th Governing Council. Their message to world environment leaders is simple: Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet.
Wednesday 16 Feb 2011
Over the next two weeks we will continually update what is happening at Cancun and talk about what it means for the Arctic and SIDS. Watch out for John's regular Blog and Twitter updates and postings of relevant and interesting material by staff at GRID-Arendal.
Check it out here
Friday 26 Nov 2010
A new photo library has been set up as part of GRID-Arendal's web site which focuses entirly on environmental photos of top quality. All items are available for download in high resolution format for free.
Visit the library at www.grida.no/photolib
Wednesday 27 Oct 2010