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.


Culling of wolves

2017-12-01: The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has allowed for the culling of two wolf packs this winter. In addition, a new decision has been made regrding the licensed culling of wolves outside the designated wolf zone.

Regulations relating to American lobster imports

2017-10-27: The Ministry of Climate and Environment has sent out a consultation document with proposals for amendments to the Regulation relating to alien organisms. The proposed amendments entail that the current prohibition against imports of live American lobsters should be replaced by the general requirement in the Regulations for a permit.

The fight against chronic wasting disease

2017-10-12: The Ministry of Climate and Environment has allocated NOK 18.6 million to combat chronic wasting disease in deer animals. The money will, amongst other things, be used to take out the wild reindeer herd in the Nordfjella- mountains.

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White Paper

Update of the integrated management plan for the Norwegian Sea

2017-04-05: With this update of the management plan, the Government is maintaining a long-term, integrated marine environmental policy that is intended to facilitate value creation and at the same time protect the marine and coastal environment of Norwegian sea areas.

White Paper

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

2015-12-18: 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.

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