17th of August, as part of Arendalsuka

17th of August, as part of Arendalsuka, NBFN will mark the official opening of the network with a seminar – presenting blue forest nationally and internationallyits role in preventing climate changeas a provider of other important ecosystem services and its role in a growing blue-green bioeconomyAmong the speakers are Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft.

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New project – CoastalServices

A new project will look at the values related to important habitats along the Nordic coasts. During the spring of 2016, partners from Norway, Sweden and Denmark will develop an overview of the available information within this field and synthesize this knowledge in a report written for the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) TemaNord series. The project will be conducted under the leadership of NIVA in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), GRID-Arendal, NIVA Denmark Water Research and the Swedish AquaBiota Water Research.

NBFN allocated 800 000 NOK in National Budget

After negotiations between the government parties, The Liberal Party and  The Christian Democrats, NBFN has been allocated 800 000 NOK.

NBFN will increase knowledge about the blue forests in NorwayThe objectives are increased awarenessresearch, action and policy support.

NBFN officially opened by Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft.

The event at Arendalsuka was a success, with approx. 70 spectators and the formal cutting of – not a ribbon – but a sugar kelp!


Panel discussion – moderated by Liv Ekeberg – with Nikolai Astrup (H), Ola Elvestuen (V), Helga Pedersen (Ap), Dag Olav Andersen, (professor, UiA), Jacqueline McGlade (UNEP), Hege Gundersen (NIVA). Photo: GRID-Arendal/Daniel dela Torre Bueno


Minister Tine Sundtoft cutting the ribbon (sugar kelp) to officially open NBFN. Hege Gundersen and Frithjof Moy assists, while Espen Bierud in front awaits the handover. Photo: GRID-Arendal/Daniel dela Torre Bueno


Espen Bierud (in the water) is handed one half of the sugar kelp by Minister Tine Sundtoft. The kelp is to be replanted in Arendal harbour. Photo: GRID-Arendal/Daniel dela Torre Bueno