Highlights

Jean-Nicolas Poussart and Yannick Beaudoin deliver a presentation about the UNEP Shelf Programme at the 2010 International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems, 29-31 March, Paris France. Their presentation focussed on the recent work done by the UNEP Shelf Programme using historical marine geoscientific data and on future data and visualisation developments that will be part of GRID-Arendal’s Global Marine Resource and Information Database (GmRID).

Friday 23 Apr 2010

The aim of Linking Tourism and Conservation (LT&C) is to increase the worldwide good examples, where tourism is supporting the development and management of protected areas. LT&C is a networking and partnership initiative, started in May 2007 at a Linking Tourism & Conservation seminar held in Arendal, Norway. Representatives from relevant NGOs, governments, industry and the private sector met to collect an overview of functioning LT&C examples from all over the world. GRID-Arendal plays a role as facilitator of this initiative.

Sunday 28 Mar 2010

The website of the GLOBIO model has been fully renewed. The model is a tool to assess past, present and future human impact on biodiversity. As a policy tool, it is regularly applied in global, regional and national assessments. The GLOBIO model is the result of a collaboration between the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and GRID-Arendal. The website provides information on the workings of the model and its applications.

Tuesday 23 Mar 2010

The IPY Oslo Science Conference will demonstrate, strengthen, and extend the International Polar Year's accomplishments in science and outreach. The conference is an essential opportunity to display and explore the full breadth and implications of IPY activities. The international and interdisciplinary science conference will in particular highlight the global impact of the changes that have been observed in the Polar Regions.

Wednesday 24 Feb 2010

The Portraits of Resilience photography project is part of the Many Strong Voices Programme. It illustrates the human dimension of climate change through the words and photographs of children in four Arctic communities: Shishmaref, Alaska; Uummannaq, Greenland; Nesseby, Norway; and Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada.

Monday 15 Feb 2010

Overfishing may mean the end for many large fish originated in the ocean. This is a potential disaster that is closer than most realize. Many fish species are reduced by up to 80-90%. Not only will this make the dinner table more tiresome for us in the rich part of the world, but it can mean a food catastrophe for large groups of people in the world.

Friday 12 Feb 2010

The institutions of the UN system are responding to the Secretary-General's call to make its in-house practices alongside its field operations more climate-friendly and environmentally sustainable. This publication presents the first greenhouse gas inventory for the UN system and an overview of the initial steps that have been taken to manage these emissions.

Thursday 17 Dec 2009

Many Strong Voices is pleased to announce the launching of new online photo galleries from the Portraits of Resilience project. Many of these photos are being exhibited as part of a Portraits Exhibition at the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen, running over the same period as the climate negotiations.

Wednesday 09 Dec 2009

No one likes being preached to, and that doesn't bode well for any documentary that sets out to tackle climate change. The latest attempt at this is a semi futuristic, semi-documentary film called The Age of Stupid. It kicks off in 2055, on a flooded, damaged, inhospitable Earth. Somewhere in the midst of an ocean a lone man lives in a massive tower. The man, played by Pete Postlethwaite, muses about why humans did not do something to stop climate change when there was still time to - which is to say, now.

Tuesday 01 Dec 2009

An Integrated Ecosystem Management Approach to Conserve Biodiversity prepared by Tiina Kurvits, Thor Larsen, and Evgeny Kuznetsov for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council, was released at the recent Arctic Council Ministerial meeting.The report highlights some of the main achievements of ECORA over the last 5 years. The project results represent the efforts of many people and organizations across Russia and the other Arctic nations.
The report is available as PDF: English (5.7mb) Russian (2mb)

Wednesday 18 Nov 2009