The agreement is a response to the realization that mercury pollution is a global problem that no one country can solve alone. The convention was four years in the making, with morethan 130 nations agreeing by consensus to a final text in January 2013. It includes both compulsory and voluntary measures to control mercury emissions from various sources, to phase the element out of certain products and industrial processes, to restrict its trade, and to eliminate mining of it.

The high-level representatives and delegations present at the fourth Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) welcomed the launch of the Caspian Environmental Information Centre

Rannveig Knutsdatter Formo and Bernardas Padegimas have returned from a ten-month exchange in Africa, and came back to Norway with a fresh perspective of capacity building, having experienced first-hand how environmental information, or the lack thereof, can literally mean the difference between life and death.

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.

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. 

Peter Prokosch, Managing Director, GRID-Arendal, and Julia Rawlins, Head Society Programmes, British Council Germany, have published a Guest Article in Climate Change Policy & Practice about the two institutions’ collaboration on Experiential Nature-based Training.

Three years in the making and involving over 300 experts, the fifth edition of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) was officially launched  06 June 2012.

(Arendal/Berlin - 18 April) From 23rd to 28th April, 21 young people from 15 European Countries will participate in the Wadden Sea Climate Training, and experience first-hand the world’s most important inter-tidal zone on the frontline of climate change. The region is an important testing ground for policies and measures to adapt to climate change, the effects of which are already being felt in the ecosystem. 

The latest report from the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) process - the GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers report was released 20 February. This product, specifically targeted to decision-makers, is part of the rigorous GEO-5 scientific assessment that analyzes state and trends in the global environment, options for policy action to achieve internationally agreed goals.

We are pleased to announce a new GRID-Arendal Linking Tourism and Conservation survey. This survey is aimed at collecting information on existing global Sustainable Tourism initiatives that support protected areas. With this survey we hope to identify, learn from and replicate positive examples where tourism supports the creation, management, and development of protected areas.
Contribute with information to the global Linking Tourism and Conservation Initiative

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.

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.

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.