The Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN) was established in 2014 and consists of the following leading Norwegian organizations with overlapping and complementary competencies and experiences in blue forests:
GRID-Arendal is a Norwegian foundation that supports the United Nations Environment Programme. With a mission to create environmental knowledge enabling positive change, GRID-Arendal works around the world – from the Himalayas to the Arctic, from Africa to the South Pacific. GRID-Arendal’s competence in blue forests includes communications and information sharing (e.g., www.bluecarbonportal.org), capacity building, and the development and management of blue carbon projects such as the UNEP/GEF Blue Forests Project, a global initiative focused on harnessing the values associated with coastal carbon and ecosystem services to achieve improved ecosystem management. Project sites include Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Ecuador, UAE, Kenya and Central America. The project also addresses key blue forests knowledge gaps, provides experience and tools for greater global application, and advances blue forests policy, including with the UNFCCC.
Institute for Marine Research (IMR) is a national advisory research institute employing more than 700 persons and Norway’s largest centre of marine science. Its main objective is to provide knowledge and advice to Norwegian authorities, the Ministry of Trade Industry and Fisheries, the Food Safety Authority, as well as the fishing industry and other stakeholders, on questions related to sustainable use and the management of our oceans, the coastal environment, and the biological resources including fish and kelp. IMR has a national advisory function regarding kelp (blue) forest management and runs several research and monitoring projects to increase the knowledge on kelp forest ecosystem services, carbon storage, climate change implications and
potential production low in the food chain, including blue forest. Dissemination of knowledge is significant and to make new scientific results available to the relevant authorities, businesses and society in general, is a priority jointly shared with members of the Norwegian Blue Forests Network.
Norwegian Institute for Water Research, NIVA, is a non-profit research foundation with 200 staff members committed to research, monitoring, assessment and studies on freshwater, coastal and marine environments in addition to environmental technology. NIVA’s broad scope of scientific competence and research expertise are important to Norwegian business and industry, as well as public administration on various levels. This helps promote Norway’s interests in international fora. NIVA has a strong track record in research and development work in Norwegian coastal ecosystems including the dynamics, biodiversity, and structure of kelp forests in connection to climate change, sea urchins and other pressures. Commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency, NIVA provided the first comprehensive study of Norwegian blue carbon sequestration by kelp forests in 2011. NIVA has also considerable international project experience, including assessments of coastal ecosystems in different parts of the world.
Please find the NBFN statutes here.
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