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GRID-Arendal is a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environ-
ment Programme (UNEP). Established in 1989 by the Government of
Norway as a Norwegian Foundation, its mission is to communicate envi-
ronmental information to policy-makers and facilitate environmental de-
cision-making for change. It si Located in Arendal, Southern Norway, with
outposted offices in Geneva, Ottawa and Stockholm.
Zoï environment network is an international non-profit organisation
with the mission to reveal, explain and communicate the connections
between the Environment and Society. Zoï is specialized in analyzing
(‘know’) and communicating (‘tell’) the frictions between environment
and security, and hereby eventually contributing to resolving them
(‘act’). Zoï designs creative information products for decision-making
and provides assistance to local, regional and national authorities ready
to find solutions to these complex environmental challenges.
The proposed MEDSEC partnership aims at mapping environment and
security issues in the Southern Mediterranean region and it is open to
international organizations, research institutions and experts.
More information will be available on www.medsecnet.org.
The government of Spain provided financial support for the background
paper and organization of the workshop in Barcelona.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and GRID-Arendal provided
support for the geographical analysis, the production of maps and graph-
ics and the compilation of the report.
The Centre for International Relations and Development Studies (Fun-
dació CIDOB) and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center
(BIPRC) hosted the workshop and provided general support to the MED-
SEC partnership.

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