Welcome to the Marine Division

The earth’s ocean and coastal ecosystems play a crucial role in maintaining the global environmental equilibrium. Healthy and productive oceans provide essential services to human communities, supporting economic wellbeing, and human health. These include: providing food, shoreline protection, water quality maintenance, waste treatment, a source of non living resources for energy and trade, recreation and tourism, culture and playing a critical role in regulating the earth’s climate.

Human activities are putting the Blue World under increasing pressure. The resulting changes in the marine environment are occurring at a faster pace than anticipated, affecting especially the most vulnerable marine ecosystems. Through capacity development, assessment initiatives and innovative communication and facilitation tools and processes, the Marine Division promotes responsible and sustainable management of our oceans and coasts by addressing issues of sovereignty, natural resource management, coastal habitat conservation and a transition to a green economy.

News & updates

Marine Newsletter #9 2014 – Interim edition
Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal, end 2014
Monday 22 Dec 2014
Marine Newsletter #8 2014 – September
Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for September 2014
Friday 03 Oct 2014
Marine Newsletter #7 2014 – August
Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for August 2014
Monday 01 Sep 2014
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News from EarthWire/marine

Marina objectors prepare for fight
06 Jan 2014 |
Price of bluefin tuna falls at Tokyo auction
05 Jan 2014 |
The good, the bad and the ugly (opinion)
04 Jan 2014 |
Australia protests over shark 'cull'
04 Jan 2014 |