John Crump is GRID-Arendal's Senior Climate Change Advisor. He is currently covering the negotiations in Durban for the office, and promoting the work of Many Strong Voices, a programme which links the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on climate change adaptation and mitigation. A former journalist, John is a keen blogger and will be sending regular updates on the negotiations on his blog.

Monday 28 Nov 2011

Across the planet millions of animals travel with the seasons from one location to the next. Not unlike modern transport systems with interconnected airports, road and railway grids, migratory species depend on a network of habitats and corridors across the planet. Losing a single migration corridor may jeopardize entire populations.

Monday 21 Nov 2011

Two reports jointly prepared by Zoi Environment and GRID-Arendal for the Environment and Security Initiative were launched at the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference that took place in Astana, Kazakhstan from  21 to 23 September 2011.

Wednesday 21 Sep 2011

These pages put a spotlight on Green Economy thinking and activities of GRID-Arendal. Features include a movie from the MAIN project (Mitigation and Adaptation Information Network), access to GRID-Arendal’s Green Economy publications, graphics, and a selection of photos from our library.

Thursday 30 Jun 2011

A 7-day training programme to raise awareness of the youth on the impact of climate change in the Arctic  takes place this summer in Svalbard, Norway aboard the ship M/v "Antarctic Dream".  Organized by the British Council, the training programme will be attended by twenty young people from across Europe and Canada who are active in climate change projects.   The programme will be facilitated by experts from GRID-Arendal.

Tuesday 14 Jun 2011

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