17th of August, as part of Arendalsuka, NBFN will mark the official opening of the network with a seminar – presenting blue forest nationally and internationally, its role in preventing climate change, as a provider of other important ecosystem services and its role in a growing blue-green bioeconomy. Among the speakers are Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft.
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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.
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 Norway. The objectives are increased awareness, research, action and policy support.
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