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New UNEP and INTERPOL Study Finds Environmental Crime Worth up to US$213 Billion Each Year
Nairobi, 25 June 2014 – Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL.
Tuesday 24 Jun 2014
First Digital Global Seafloor Geomorphic Features Map Published
Arendal, 12 June 2014 –The first digital, global-scale, geomorphic features map (GSFM) of the oceans was recently published by GRID-Arendal, Geoscience Australia and Conservation International.
Monday 23 Jun 2014
GRID-Arendal celebrates 25 years and appoints its 5th Managing Director
Arendal/Oslo, 4 June 2014 - After serving two 4-year terms, German marine biologistand Arctic expert Dr. Peter Prokosch (62) is stepping down as Managing Director ofGRID-Arendal this autumn. A new Managing Director will take over on 1st September,the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Olav Orheim, announced today.
Thursday 05 Jun 2014
Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body
Antalya, Turkey, December 14, 2013 – The groundbreaking Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges.
Tuesday 17 Dec 2013
Countries Agree to Cooperate to End the Illegal Trapping of Protected Bird Species in Egypt and Libya
Bonn, 5 December 2013 – The Government of Egypt, in cooperation with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has pledged to assess and further address the issue of unregulated hunting and bird netting practices along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt.
Thursday 05 Dec 2013
The UN-REDD Programme Receives US$ 40 Million Pledge from Norway to Help 48 Developing Countries Halt Deforestation
WARSAW, POLAND - 21 NOVEMBER, 2013 – At the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) this week, the Government of Norway announced a pledge of US$ 40 million to continue support for the UN-REDD Programme. The package of funding will support a range of programmes in 2014 to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) across 48 UN-REDD partner countries, in collaboration with governments, indigenous peoples and civil society, and with the joint support of FAO, UNDP and UNEP.
Thursday 21 Nov 2013
UN Environment Head Welcomes Signal to Combat Climate Change by World’s Two Key Economies
Nairobi, 9 June 2013—A decision by China and the United States to cooperate on phasing down a group of synthetic chemicals in order to combat climate change was today welcomed by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Monday 10 Jun 2013
TheZambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment, the first of its kind in the Zambezi River Basin and in southern Africa, will be launched on 29 May in Luanda, Angola at a meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Water.
Wednesday 29 May 2013
Geneva, Switzerland – International organizations today released a study finding extremely high levels of toxic chemicals in toys and other products consumed by children.
Wednesday 01 May 2013
New UN Report Warns of Uncertain Future for African Elephants
Bangkok, 6 March 2013 — Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows - with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade.
Wednesday 06 Mar 2013
Illegal Trade Robs Wild of Almost 3,000 Great Apes Annually, Threatening Populations
Bangkok, 4 March 2013 – The illegal trade that sees almost 3,000 live great apes lost from the forests of Africa and Southeast Asia each year is increasingly impacting wild populations as links to organized crime grow stronger.
Monday 04 Mar 2013
Strengthened Governance and Management Required to Prevent Rush for Resources from Damaging Fragile Arctic Environment, Says UNEP Year Book 2013
Nairobi, 18 February 2013 – The rush for resources prompted by an apparent acceleration in sea ice melt calls for caution and effective governance to avoid damage to the fragile Arctic environment, according to the UN Environment Programme’s Year Book 2013.
Monday 18 Feb 2013
The Ministry of Environment signs agreement with UNEP on GRID-Arendal
The Norwegian Ministry of Environment has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on continued cooperation and support to GRID-Arendal for the next 10 years. The MoU confirms GRID-Arendal's status as a "Centre of Excellence on Polar and Cryosphere Issues," and as a key partner for UNEP.
Thursday 07 Feb 2013
‘Minamata’ Convention Agreed by Nations
Geneva/Nairobi, 19 January 2013--International effort to address mercury—a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental effects—was today delivered a significant boost with governments agreeing to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases.
Monday 21 Jan 2013
Abu Dhabi Champions Nature-based Climate Change Mitigation
Abu Dhabi, January 9, 2013: The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently launched a pioneering ‘Blue Carbon’ project that connects the local natural coastal ecosystem management with climate change mitigation.
Wednesday 16 Jan 2013
UNEP Studies Show Rising Mercury Emissions in Developing Countries
Nairobi/Geneva, 10 January 2013 - Communities in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, according to new studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Thursday 10 Jan 2013
Republic of Moldova and Ukraine sign Treaty on sustainable management of Dniester River Basin
29 November 2012, Rome – On 29 November the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Gheorge Salaru, and the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Mr. Eduard Stavytskyi, signed the bilateral Treaty on Cooperation on the Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Dniester River Basin. The signing ceremony took place in the Italian Parliament during the Meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention).
Friday 30 Nov 2012
Arendal, Norway – On October 4th, GRID-Arendal has invited the Fylkesmann’s office to share best practices in data management in Aust-Agder with a delegation from the five Caspian states: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, and Turkmenistan. The presentation will be part of a four-day training workshop hosted jointly by GRID-Arendal and the European Environmental Agency, taking place in both in Copenhagen and in Arendal. The workshop is being held in support of the Interim Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea, also known as the Tehran Convention and will provide delegates with training in environmental data management.
Wednesday 03 Oct 2012
Organized Crime Trade Worth over US$30 Billion Responsible for up to 90% of Tropical Deforestation
Rome, 27 September 2012 – Between 50 to 90 per cent of logging in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia is being carried out by organized crime threatening efforts to combat climate change, deforestation, conserve wildlife and eradicate poverty.
Thursday 27 Sep 2012
More than 70 nations, private companies and international organizations declare support for Global Partnership for Oceans
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 16, 2012 -- Over 70 countries, civil society groups, private firms and international organizations have declared their support for the new Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO), signaling their commitment to work together around coordinated goals to restore the world’s oceans to health and productivity.
Saturday 16 Jun 2012
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