Final report: Future North

Published under: Solberg's Government

Publisher Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Final report from 'Knowledge Gathering –Value Creation in the North'.

Read the final report in English here.

This knowledge-gathering project is the outcome of the white paper 'First Update of the Integrated Management Plan for the Marine Environment of the Barents Sea–Lofoten Area' (Meld. St. 10 (2010-2011):

The Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development and the Ministry of the Environment will develop knowledge of the direct and spin-off effects of expanding commercial activities such as tourism and fishery-related enterprises. The knowledge acquired will be useful for the next update of the management plan. [……]

Knowledge Gathering – Value Creation in the North covers the three northernmost counties (Nordland, Troms and Finnmark) and focuses on coastal areas in particular. The subjects for the knowledge-gathering project were defined in consultation with local and regional authorities, as well as sectoral authorities, expert environments, business players and other affected parties.

The results from the knowledge-gathering project, which are presented in this final report, are based on comprehensive material gathered in the course of 13 studies, development of an economic model, an extensive scenario process and frequent contact with representatives of the business community and government in Northern Norway. We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the knowledge-gathering project.

The report was produced by the project secretariat on behalf of the project steering group with the exception of chapter 2, which was written by Peter Arbo of the University of Tromsø. The introductions to each chapter were written by Kriss Rokkan Iversen of SALT.

It is our hope that the overall result will be used for the further development of plans and policy instruments with a view to boosting value creation in Northern Norway, at a local, regional and central level.

The final report and various studies are available on the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries website. Stakeholders can submit ideas and comments regarding the final report. Any comments regarding the knowledge-gathering project should be sent to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries by 31 July 2014.

Read the final report in English here.