UNEP/GRID-Arendal has for many years acknowledged that one of the cornerstones in communicating environmental and sustainable development issues is through visual means through maps or other forms of illustrations. One picture says more than thousand words, right? The popularity of these graphics can be seen in the number of requests received for these products, as well as the visitor statistics to web-sites held at UNEP/GRID-Arendal.
The new UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps & Graphics Library has been set up as a repository to present outputs from publications, projects and web-products that has been produced by UNEP/GRID-Arendal through out the years. These include, among many others, the popular Vital Graphics series of publications, the GLOBIO human impact maps and illustrations from the Environment Times newspaper.
This web-site presents a collection of interactive maps, as well as a comprehensive catalogue of illustrations - referenced by publication, theme or geographic region. There are currently hundreds of graphics available in the database, and the service is continuously updated and revised.Links, and contact information:
UNEP/GRID-Arendal is an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) centre located in Southern Norway.
Our core idea is to make sense of complicated and scientific environmental information and present it in a way that most of us can understand. Through methods, language and formats that clarify and explain, we communicate the worlds environmental issues such as climate change, environment and poverty, environment and security, arctic issues and the urban environment.
Our hope is that this will make as many people, countries, media institutions; businesss and decision makers as possible use this information to secure a better future for us all.
Together with our partners in different countries and regions, we work on solutions within the United Nations framework, in particular we focus on building the infrastructure necessary for free access and exchange of the information that we believe is needed to take action.For more information: