The GRID-Geneva has a strong network of partners around the World.

Core partners |  GRID centres |  UN Agencies | Other partners

GRID-Geneva core partners

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global authority on the environment.
UNEP’s mission is to inspire, inform, and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The mission of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources including soil, water, air, quietness and forests. It is responsible for the protection against natural hazards, safeguarding the environment and human health against excessive impacts, and conserving biodiversity and landscape quality. It is also responsible for international environmental policy.
Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva enjoys worldwide recognition and ranks amongst the top 100 best universities in the world. A polyvalent institution, it fosters the emergence of inter- and multidisciplinary fields in both research and teaching. It constantly strengthens its links with international Geneva, whilst contributing to the cultural, social and economic development of the region, notably through the promotion of research and its expertise in a wide range of fields.

These three entities form together the GRID-Geneva partnership

GRID Centres

GRID-Geneva also has strong links with other GRID centres around the World: 

UNEP/GRID-Geneva was established in 1985 and is the oldest GRID-Centre still in place. It is located in the UNEP Europe’s building (2nd UNEP hub after Nairobi), in the international Geneva home to many UN agencies headquarters.
Institutionally, it is a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) that employs more than 20 environment data scientists. GRID-Geneva sits within the Early Warning and Data Analytics Branch of the UNEP’s Early Warning and Assessment Division.
GRID-Arendal is a non-profit environmental communications centre based in Norway. We transform environmental data into innovative, science-based information products and provide capacity-building services that enable better environmental governance. We aim to inform and activate a global audience and motivate decision-makers to effect positive change. Our vision is a society that understands, values, and protects the environment on which it depends.
The GRID-Warsaw Centre was established on 17 September 1991 on the basis of agreement between UNEP and the Polish Ministry of Environment, as the 7th centre created in the GRID network. Officially registered as an NGO (in the structure of the National Foundation for Environmental Protection), cooperates with many national and international partners like public authorities, local governments (cities), scientific institutions, NGOs, companies and others.
The Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) is an international non-profit organization for the development of scientific and technological applications in the Atlantic region, paying special attention to the study of ocean-space interactions and the development of sustainability solutions. The AIR Centre, headquartered on Terceira Island - Azores, is established as a distributed network which already includes several countries in the Americas (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, United States). Europe (Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Norway), and Africa (South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Namibia, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe).
The North American node of UNEP’s Global Resource Information Database (GRID), designated as GRID-Sioux Falls, is located at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center of the United States Geological Survey in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. GRID-Sioux Falls has been operational since 1991 and functions as a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, was launched by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and United Nations Environment Programme at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. AGEDI’s mission is to facilitate the access to quality environmental data that equips policymakers with actionable, timely information to inform and guide critical decisions towards a sustainable future.
GRID-Nairobi used to be one of the two first GRID-Centre created by UNEP in 1985. It is now being re-established and currently comprise four UNEP staff within the Early Warning and Data Analytics Branch of the UNEP’s Early Warning and Assessment Division at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.
The current mandate of GRID-Nairobi is to support the establishment of the Early Warning for the Environment.
The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in September 2012 through the merging of the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications (IRSA) and the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE). RADI has established a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP in order to collaborate in activities of the production of geospatial information for the GEO (Global Environmental Outlook 6). Also, RADI is collaborating with UNEP technical teams to the interoperability of Digital Earth platforms at China and the Big Data platform of UNEP, the World Environment Situation Room). RADI is working with UNEP to establish a GRID or Collaborating GRID center as part of the GRIDs Network.

A brochure giving more details about these GRID centers is available here


UN Agencies & MEAs

UNEP/GRID-Geneva has also been collaborating with many UN agencies and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs): 


Other partners