GRID-Arendal, International

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GRID-Arendal is a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), supporting informed decision making and awareness-raising through: Environmental information management and assessment, capacity building services, and outreach and communication tools, methodologies and products. As UnEP's Key Polar centre, it is involved with initiatives in the Polar regions, and increasingly, it is broadening its focus on sustainable development of the oceans and coasts elsewhere in the world.

The Polar Programme undertakes environmental management approaches, capacity-building projects and initiatives in the Arctic within a global context. With an out-posted office in ottawa, the program works incollaboration with numerous polar partners and stakeholders in undertaking projects and initiatives focused on the Arctic in a global context, and in the following areas:
- (i) Stakeholder processes - to facilitate and participate in stakeholder processes that recognize different values, perspectives, and knowledge, with a particular emphasis on empowering Arctic peoples.
- (ii) Assessments and Early Warning - to provide interdisciplinary polar assessments and early warning to build awareness as a foundation for decision-making.
- (iii) capacity Building to engage in projects and initiatives toward building the capacity of Arctic peoples to effectively manage regional challenges and to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
- (iv) communication and outreach - to raise the profile of the Polar regions by providing outreach, education and communication services. to carry out this work, the Polar Programme works closely with Partners on the international level, such asthe Arctic council working groups and the University of the Arctic, with institutions in the UnEP family, with indigenous peoples organizations and with nGo partners - and many more.


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