GRID-Arendal Annual Report 2014

Our work

For GRID-Arendal, 2014 was a year marked by success, new beginnings and transition. Major events included the successful completion of six years of work when seven West African countries submitted extended continental shelf claims to the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); the publication of the successful Rapid Response Assessment of the Environmental Crime Crisis launched in June; the commencement of a new Green Economy programme and a “Blue Forest” UNEP/ Global Environment Facility (GEF) programme involving 12 international partners; a change in Managing Director; and the re-structuring of GRID-Arendal.

Transboundary Waters, Supporting Environmental Management, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Marine and Coastal Resources. GRID-Arendal is also UNEP’s Centre of Excellence on Polar Issues. Naturally, we don’t work alone. GRID-Arendal’s success is in a large part due to its partners. The global environmental challenges we face will not be solved by any one organization, no matter how dedicated and talented its staff might be. At GRID-Arendal experience has shown us that the rapid environmental change our planet faces means we need to act in unison. While national level action is important, there is a need for concerted global action. In the coming years, GRID-Arendal will be well placed to help meet that need.

Broadly speaking, GRID-Arendal’s 2014 work can be grouped under five main themes: Environmental Crime,


Environmental crime INTERPOL and UNEP released a GRID-Arendal Rapid Response Assessment (RRA) report The Environmental Crime Crisis in June, 2014. The report highlights how environmental crime is used to finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and how it threatens human security and sustainable development. Transboundary Waters GRID-Arendal’s support for the Interim Secretariat of the Tehran Convention focused on the preparation of key documents to inform the Fifth Conference of the Parties (COP5) and further development of the Caspian Environmental Information Center. Adaptation to Climate Change GRID-Arendal continued its involvement in the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) which aims to enhance the resilience of mountain people, particularly women, by improving the understanding of vulnerability to change and identifying opportunities and potentials for adaptation. Marine and Coastal Environment The West African States of Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone filed their submission for their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in New York on 25 September 2014. GRID-Arendal was one of the Norwegian institutions that had provided support to the West African States for the preparation of their submission, along with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Legal Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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