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

First of all, the core partners of GRID-Geneva are: the United Nations Environement Programme (UNEP), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) that form together the GRID-Geneva partnership

GRID-Geneva also has strong links with other GRID centers around the World: GRID-Arendal, GRID Warsaw, GRID Sioux Falls, GRID Abu Dhabi and GRID Nairobi. Together with several other partners (Google, ESRI, Descartes labs, IBM, Yale university, WCMC, EU Joint Research Center, DHI, the European Space Agency, RADI and SPREP) indicated on the map below, they form the “One Global Partnership” supporting UNEP to transform big data into information and knowledge.


GRID-Geneva also works with other partners such as:

  • Group on Earth Observations (GEO): GEO is an intergovernmental partnership that improves the availability, access and use of Earth observations for a sustainable planet. The GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to better integrate observing systems and share data by connecting existing infrastructures using common standards.

  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL): WSL is a research institute of the Swiss Confederation that explores the dynamics of the terrestrial environment, and the use and protection of natural habitats and cultural landscapes. It also monitors forests, landscapes, biodiversity, natural hazards, and snow and ice, and develops sustainable solutions for socially relevant issues - together with its partners from science and society. WSL collaborates with UNEP/GRID-Geneva in projects such as the Swiss Data Cube for example.

  • World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS): it is a service of the International Association of the Cryospheric Sciences of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IACS, IUGG) as well as of the World Data System of the International Science Council (ISC, formerly ICSU) and works under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It collects standardized observations on changes in mass, volume, area and length of glaciers with time (glacier fluctuations), as well as statistical information on the distribution of perennial surface ice in space (glacier inventories).

  • Sustainable Caucasus: it is a NGO founded in 2014 to enhance sustainable development in the Caucasus region by supporting regional cooperation, bringing together key stakeholders, and implementing innovative solutions on the ground, as appropriate. It collaborates with UNEP/GRID-Geneva through the "Strengthening Adaptive Capacity in the Caucasus" (SCAC) project.

  • Oceaneye: it is a Geneva-based non-profit association founded in 2010 that follows two main targets:
    • participate in the collective awareness of water pollution by plastics, its causes and effects
    • contribute to scientific research by conducting campaigns to collect and analyze ocean surface water samples

  • Bureau Brussels: it is a European public affairs boutique consultancy company that supports companies in managing relationships with European policymakers and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Geoscience Australia: it is a public sector geoscience organisation that science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. It collaborates with UNEP/GRID-Geneva through the Swiss Data Cube project.

  • University of Zürich: GRID-Geneva is collaborating with the geography department of the University of Zurich within the framework of the Swiss Data Cube project.

  • Fondation Pacifique: born in Geneva in 2007, Fondation Pacifique is a Swiss nonprofit organisation that aims at contributing to a better understanding of the human impact on the oceans and to a greater awareness of the related sustainable development issues.

  • Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR): PEDRR is a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes to form a platform for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). PEDRR promotes scaled implementation of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction in development planning at global, national and local levels, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The partnership pools expertise to advocate for policy change and best practice in ecosystem management for DRR and CCA that is based on science and practitioners' experiences.