The environment

Woman in a field of yellow flowers

It is the Ministry of Climate and Environment that has chief responsibility for the Government’s environmental policy. Environmental policy cuts across ministerial boundaries and involves issues that are the responsibility of several different ministries.

On this page you will find general information and documents relating to the environment. You can explore this topic in more detail by using the menu on the right.

New evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative

Norway has created the political space needed to improve forest governance. This is one of the conclusions in a new evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).

Norway’s sixth National Communication under the Framework Convention on Climate Change

This report is Norway’s sixth national communication on national circumstances, polices and measures related to climate change under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The previous national communications were submitted in 1994, 1997, 2002, 2006 and 2010 respectively.

The EU Timber Regulation

The EU Timber Regulation (Regulation 995/2010 laying down the obligations, of operators who place timber and timber products on the market) complements the EU's policy on illegal logging and trade. Illegal logging and related trade may contribute to deforestation and undermines legitimate business operations. This illegal activity may also degrade biodiversity and ecosystem services. In addition, it impacts the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities and indigenous peoples.

The Property Unit Ownership Act

Act of 23 May 1997 No. 31 relating to ownership of property units (Property Unit Ownership Act). Cf. previous Act of 4 March 1983 No. 7.

Text of the law (in Norwegian)

The Housing Cooperatives Act

Act of 6 June 2003 No. 39 relating to housing cooperatives (the Housing Cooperatives Act). Cf. the previous Act of 4 February 1960 No. 2 relating to housing cooperatives.

Text of the law (in Norwegian)

Environmental protection in Svalbard

Svalbard's unique wilderness environment supports a diversity of flora and fauna that is exceptionally rich in the Arctic context. With the exception of the areas in and around settlements, the archipelago as a whole retains all the features of a large and contiguous wilderness region.

Letter to the EU Commission on climate and energy policies

The ministers Vidar Helgesen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Tine Sundtoft (Ministry of the Environment) og Tord Lien (Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) have sendt a letter to the European Commission with the Norwegian Government's views on the 2030 framework for the climate and enbergy policies.

NorCaP Call for carbon credits launched

In September 2013, the Norwegian government and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation NEFCO signed an agreement to procure carbon credits for Norway in the second commitment period (2013-2020) of the Kyoto Protocol. The contract regulates procurement of up to 30 million credits from UN-approved projects which face a risk of discontinuation due to the low carbon price environment.

Evaluation of Nordic World Heritage Foundation (2008-2013)

På oppdrag fra Miljøverndepartementet og Unesco har Vista Analyse AS gjennomført en evaluering av Nordic World Heritage Foundation (NWHF). NWHF er et kategori 2-senter under beskyttelse av Unesco, som følge av en avtale mellom den norske regjeringen ved Miljøverndepartementet og Unesco. Avtalen er inngått for perioden 2008-2014.

Tine Sundtoft in place as Climate and Environment Minister

On Wednesday afternoon Tine Sundtoft was presented with the key card for the office of the outgoing Minister of the Environment Bård Vegar Solhjell. Sundtoft will be Norway’s first Climate and Environment Minister.

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Contact information

Ministry of Climate and Environment

Telephone: +47 22 24 90 90
Fax: +47 22 24 95 60

Address

The Ministry of Climate and Environment
P.O.Box 8013 Dep
N-0030 Oslo
Visiting address:
Kongens gate 20

Contact information

Ministry of Climate and Environment

Telephone: +47 22 24 90 90
Fax: +47 22 24 95 60

Address

The Ministry of Climate and Environment
P.O.Box 8013 Dep
N-0030 Oslo
Visiting address:
Kongens gate 20