The environment will be managed in a way that maintains the diversity of habitats and landscape types and ensures that there are viable populations of naturally-occurring species: this will ensure that biological diversity can continue to evolve. Norway aims to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010.


Seas and coastlines - the need to safeguard species diversity

Norway has the second longest coastline in the world after Canada, with a length of 100,915 km including all the islands. The seabed and water are biological treasure troves that we will both protect and harvest in a sustainable manner. All indications are that the pressure on environmental values and resources will be stronger in the future, both in our areas and globally.

Management plans for marine areas

The purpose of the management plans is to facilitate value creation while also maintaining natural diversity. The Ministry of Climate and Environment is responsible for work with the management plans. Marine management is important in Norway, we have extensive ocean areas – six times greater than our land area. These areas are very rich in resources. We also have many activities here that affect marine life.


Regional Management Authorities decided culling of wolves

2016-09-18: The Norwegian Regional Management Authorities decided last Friday to authorize the culling of 47 wolves in Norway. Such decisions are usually appealed to the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The ministry will handle the appeals prior to the commencement of the hunting season.

Future management of the golden eagle in Norway

2016-06-11: The future management of golden eagles has been debated in the Norwegian Parliament. How to ensure the needs of indigenous people (Sami people) and livestock was at the heart of the debate the 6th of June this year.

More on Biodiversity


White Paper

Nature for life - Norway’s national biodiversity action plan (Chapter 4–9)

The Government takes a long-term approach to the management of Norwegian nature. We must ensure that future generations also have opportunities for wealth creation based on healthy ecosystems. The Government will therefore take steps to ensure that Norwegian nature is used sustainably, prevent the loss of species and ecosystems, and continue efforts for the conservation of a representative selection of Norwegian nature.


Regulations relating to the protection of traditional knowledge associated with genetic material

These regulations are intended to ensure that the interests of indigenous and local communities are safeguarded and respected in connection with access or use by others of knowledge associated with genetic material that has been developed, used, sustained and passed on within an indigenous or local community (traditional knowledge). Traditional knowledge includes skills, practices and learning that have been collectively developed, used, sustained and passed on from generation to generation within an indigenous or local community.

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Department for Nature Management

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