Recommendation from the Ministry of Climate and Environment 17 April 2020, approved by the Council of State on the same day. (The Solberg Government)
The cultural environment is a common good and a community resource contributing to both environmental, social and economic sustainability. In this white paper, the government is presenting its proposed new national goals for Norway’s cultural environment policy with emphasis on involvement, sustainability and diversity. In this white paper, the government is introducing the term “cultural environment” as a collective term. The term “cultural environment” emphasises the importance of an integrated approach to this area, while at the same time also highlighting the connection to climate-change policy and environmental policy in general. The white paper describes the work that has been done to achieve the existing national targets for cultural monuments, sites and environments. Furthermore the white paper describes challenges, possibilities and future actions in the cultural environment policy. Among other things the government wants to draft a new Cultural Environment Act that will replace the Current Cultural Heritage Act from 1978.