Svalbard and the Polar Areas

In the northern areas and in Antarctica, Norway administers some of the planet´s last great areas with virtually untouched nature. Such areas are of great intrinsic value, at the same time as they are important for the preservation of biological diversity.

Antarktis. Foto: Marie Korsvoll.

The Antarctic

The Antarctic contains some of the last vast undisturbed areas of nature in the world. Plants, animals, ecosystems and cultural heritage in the Antarctic face an unrelenting growing pressure from traffic, environmental toxins and climate change. The cooperation under the Antarctic Treaty is critical to safeguarding the preservation of the natural environment and cultural heritage.

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What's new

Norway is taking over the chairmanship of Arctic Contaminant Action Programme (ACAP)

Norway is taking over the chairmanship of Arctic Contaminant Action Programme (ACAP) from May 7, 2019.

Agreement on establishment of marine protected area in Antarctica

‘I welcome the decision to establish a marine protected area in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. This is an important milestone in the international management of the Southern Ocean and in the conservation of marine resources,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Documents

White Paper

Svalbard

By strengthening research, tourism and the general businesses the government will develop Svalbard further. This is revealed in the White Paper regarding Svalbard presented by the government today.

White Paper

Norwegian Interests and Policy in the Antarctic

Norwegian Antarctic policy is based on recognition of the need to maintain Norway's sovereignty claims, combined with efforts to ensure that international cooperation under the Antarctic Treaty System is effective and stable.

Contact

Department for Marine Management and Pollution Control

Phone: +47 22 24 57 11
Address: P.B. 8013 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Kongens gate 20, 0153 Oslo

Section for Polar Affairs and the High North

Phone: +47 22 24 57 11
Address: P.B. 8013 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Kongens gate 20, 0153 Oslo