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Top 10 Trends for Blue Forests 2023
Top 10 Trends 2023 report   Continuing the tradition from last year, the Norwegian Blue Forest Network has gathered marine experts to assemble their joint overview of the greatest trends for blue forests research, management and policy over the course of the year. 2023 unfolded as a year of unprecedented challenges, from global warming to […]
Blue Forests & COP28
Blue forests & COP28: overview of Oceans, Blue Forests and Blue Carbon events Gro Slotsvik – GRID-Arendal   The annual UN climate Conference of the Parties (COP) took place in Dubai on 30 November to 12 December 2023. We gathered all events relevant to blue forests in a single easy-to-read overview.  COP28 had a varied […]
30 by 30: how to restore the kelp forests?
30 BY 30: HOW TO RESTORE THE KELP FORESTS? Barbro Taraldset Haugland – Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway   A couple of years into the UN Decade of Ocean Science, there is increased focus on restoring blue forests along the coastline. In December, Norway signed the UN Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, where one of […]
NBFN at Arendalsuka 2023
NBFN AT ARENDALSUKA 2023 During Arendalsuka, experts, politicians, and industry representatives gathered in  GRID-Arendal’s back garden to discuss what it will take to further develop the seaweed industry in Norway and Europe.  Watch the full event on YouTube Norway is in many regards an ideal country for cultivating seaweed, with tangle, rockweed, and sugar kelp growing […]
The Kelp Industry: Opportunities, barriers & next steps
THE KELP INDUSTRY: OPPORTUNITIES, BARRIERS, AND NEXT STEPS Authors: Sunniva Tangen Haldorsen (NIVA), Gunhild Borgersen (NIVA), Arne Duinker (IMR), Peter Haugan (IMR), Cecilie Wathne (Norwegian Blue Forests Network)   Seaweed farming could become a major industry in Europe, with many predicting that the industry is about to take off. Among the countries in question is […]
Seaweed, Kelp and Sustainable Food Production: Opportunities and barriers for the industry
Arendalsuka 2023 event Seaweed, Kelp and Sustainable Food Production: Opportunities and barriers for the industry Wednesday, August 8th from 19:00 – 20:30 at the GRID-Arendal back garden Event will be streamed (in Norwegian) For an overview of this topic, see our latest publication, ‘The kelp industry: Opportunities, barriers, and the path forward’ (in Norwegian) Add event […]
Norwegian Executive Summary of Into the Blue: Securing a Sustainable Future for Kelp Forests
Norwegian Executive Summary of Into the Blue: Securing a Sustainable Future for Kelp Forests Into the Blue: Securing a Sustainable Future for Kelp Forests global synthesis report is the most comprehensive knowledge review on kelp to date, revealing the state of science on the world’s kelp forests and providing recommended actions to build the recovery […]
NFBN Spring 2023 Newsletter
NBFN SPRING 2023 NEWSLETTER Welcome to the NBFN’s biannual newsletter. Click on the image to view the Spring 2023 edition in PDF. Subscribe to our email list to receive our newsletter directly in your inbox! SUBSCRIBE TODAY
Into the Blue: Securing a Sustainable Future for Kelp Forests
FULL REPORT – ENGLISH EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTO THE BLUE: SECURING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR KELP FORESTS Into the Blue: Securing a Sustainable Future for Kelp Forests global synthesis report is the most comprehensive knowledge review on kelp to date, revealing the state of science on the world’s kelp forests and providing recommended actions to build […]
Launch Event: Webinar for UNEP Reports on Kelp and Mangrove Forests
LAUNCH EVENT: WEBINAR FOR UNEP REPORTS ON KELP AND MANGROVE FORESTS Join UNEP and partners GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Blue Forests Network and UNEP-WCMC for a webinar on May 2nd 15.00 CEST to launch of two new reports: Into the Blue: Securing a Sustainable Future for Kelp Forests and Decades of Mangrove Forest Change: What does it mean […]
Norway is betting on blue forests
Norway is betting on blue forests By Cecilie Wathne (NBFN), Torill Sateroy (GRID-Arendal, NBFN) and Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda (Urchinomics) One Ocean Week got off to a strong start with the Norwegian government’s ocean conference on Monday, April 17th. In addition to choosing blue forests as one of the themes for the day, the government came up […]
High integrity nature-based carbon offsetting is vital in the fight against climate change
High Integrity Nature-Based Carbon Offsetting is Vital in the Fight Against Climate Change By Steven Lutz, Senior Programme Officer and Blue Carbon Lead, GRID-Arendal. Repost from GRID-Arendal The conservation and restoration of carbon-rich mangrove forests is an important nature-based climate solution that can assist in mitigating the global climate crisis. Mangrove root in Indonesia. Steven […]
Sugar kelp forests on the directorates’ rescue list
SUGAR KELP FORESTS ON THE DIRECTORATES’ RESCUE LIST By Trine Bekkby, Eli Rinde, and Hege Gundersen – Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) Sugar kelp forests along the Norwegian coast are important habitats for a large number of species and contribute many ecosystem services, such as food,  raw materials, and carbon sequestration. Sugar kelp forests […]
Annual Report 2022
ANNUAL REPORT 2022 English version The importance of coastal ecosystems, including blue forests, continued to gain prominence in 2022. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) final declaration included, for the first time, a dedicated sub-section on the ocean. Similarly, the biodiversity agreement adopted at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) commits members to effectively […]
NBFN’s Top Ten Trends Article Launched at Oslo Seminar
NBFN’S TOP TEN TRENDS ARTICLE LAUNCHED AT OSLO SEMINAR Audience participating in the seminar Q&A session  On February 1st, NBFN held a breakfast seminar in Oslo to launch the network’s latest article, Top Ten Blue Forests Trends of 2022. The room was filled with stakeholders from both public and private sectors, reflecting the cross-cutting nature of managing […]
Top Ten Trends of 2022
NBFN’S TOP TEN TRENDS OF 2022 2022 was a year of contrasts. On the one hand, there was growing interest in blue forests-related issues such as the blue economy, marine protection, and how the ocean can play a major role in lifting us out of the current climate and environmental crisis. On the other hand, […]
Oceans & Blue Carbon at COP27
OCEANS & BLUE CARBON AT COP27 This live blog features oceans, blue forests, and coastal and oceanic blue carbon related side events at UNFCCC COP27 (6 – 18 Nov). This post will be updated throughout the COP and was originally posted on GEF Blue Forests Project. For any suggested updates or edits please email: steven.lutz […]
Norwegian blue forests: What is being done, what more is needed?
NORWEGIAN BLUE FORESTS: WHAT IS BEING DONE, WHAT MORE IS NEEDED? (HYBRID EVENT) We need blue forests. Kelp forests, seagrass meadows, and salt marshes capture and sequester carbon, boost biodiversity, improve water quality, and prevent coastal erosion. They are fundamental to Norway’s ocean economy, including the fishing industry. Yet many of Norway’s blue forests are […]
Unsung heroes: the hidden value of seagrass meadows
Unsung heroes: the hidden value of seagrass meadows Seagrass meadows are important for climate change mitigation, biodiversity, fisheries, food security, coastal protection, and much more. Yet they continue to diminish and disappear at an alarming rate. We will explore the rate and reasons for this decline, as well as the many benefits that these ecosystems […]
Learning from the Meadows: Pathways for seagrass conservation and restoration
Learning from the Meadows: Pathways for seagrass conservation and restoration We need to stop, and ideally reverse, the rapid and continued decline of seagrass meadows. Doing so requires placing a greater value on these ecosystems as well as employing an ecosystem-based approach to management. In some cases, actively restoring lost seagrass meadows may be appropriate. […]
Blue Forests of Oslo: Planting seagrass with children to save the fjord (Hybrid event)
BLUE FORESTS OF OSLO: PLANTING SEAGRASS WITH CHILDREN TO SAVE THE FJORD (HYBRID EVENT) Location: Oslofjord Museum (or digital) Date: 29 September 2022 at 08.45 – 09.45 Register: Form here Eelgrass beds are marine underwater beds formed by the seagrass eelgrass. They constitute an important nature type that houses a rich biological diversity and produces […]
Watch Blue Forests Week 2022
BLUE FORESTS WEEK 2022 recordings Follow along with each day’s live events and watch all recordings available after each session.  Webinar #1  Tuesday, November 29th Unsung heroes: The hidden value of seagrass meadows (English) WEBINAR #2 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH Learning from the meadows: Pathways for seagrass conservation and restoration (English) oslo seminar Thursday, December 1st […]
GEAK Network Holds First Workshop
GEAK NETWORK HOLDS FIRST WORKSHOP GEAK workshop participants gathered at the Institute of Marine Research in Arendal, Norway In June 2022, the Global Ecosystem services Assessment from Kelp forests (GEAK) network held its first in-person workshop at the Institute of Marine Research in Arendal, Norway. The network brings together kelp and seaweed experts and environmental economists to […]
Annual Report 2021
A competence network established by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), GRID-Arendal and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR
Global estimates of the extent and production of macroalgal forests
Click to read the full article GlobAL ESTIMATES OF THE EXTENT AND PRODUCTION OF MACROALGAL FORESTS MAY 2022 Macroalgal habitats are believed to be the most extensive and productive of all coastal vegetated ecosystems. In stark contrast to the growing attention on their contribution to carbon export and sequestration, understanding of their global ex- tent […]
Summary of the Norad – NBFN Seminar on Blue Forests and Poverty
Blue forests: valuable nature that contributes to food security and helps against climate and poverty On March 8th for International Women’s Day, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN) organized a seminar on Blue Forests and Poverty – the role of the blue forest in international development: From […]
Norad – NBFN Blue Forests Seminar
Join us March 8th from 09.00 - 12.00 Central European Time
Stein Fredriksen
Professor, Universitetet i Oslo (UiO)/Havforskningsinstituttet (HI)
Cecilie Wathne
Project leader, Norwegian Blue Forest Network (NBFN)
Erlend Grimsrud
Daglig leder, Fiskarlaget Sør
Gabriella Kossmann
Senior Advisor, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
Arild Vatn
Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Frode Sundnes
Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Signe Christensen-Dalsgaard
Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran
Fisheries and maritime affairs minister, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
Erika Techera
Professor, University of Western Australia
Kira Krumhansl
Senior Biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Finn Erlend Ødegård
Senior advisor, Norges Bondelag
Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen
Chief Negotiator, Ministry of Climate and Environment Norway (KLD)
Helene Gabestad
Special Advisor, Viken County Municipality
Embrace kelp forests in the coming decade
EMBRACE KELP FORESTS IN THE COMING DECADE Karen Filbee-Dexter and Thomas Wernberg, both researchers at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and affiliates of the NBFN, published a letter on the importance of embracing kelp forests in the coming decade. Read article
Animation: How are blue forests threatened?
Animation: How are blue forests threatened? Blue forests are disappearing at an alarming rate around the world, mainly due to human impacts and climate change. Watch the video to learn more about the underlying causes of threatened blue forests and how these trends can be reversed. Video produced by GRID-Arendal 2022 for the Norwegian Blue […]
Animation: Why are blue forests useful?
Blue forests provide important ecosystem services such as fish nurseries and grazing areas, shoreline protection from storms and erosion, carbon storage and much more. Watch the video to learn more about these services provided by blue forests. Video produced by GRID-Arendal 2022 for the Norwegian Blue Forests Network. Animation by Syed Hasan Abbas.
Alejandro Buschmann
Professor, Universidad de Los Lagos
Jane Glavan
Co-Owner, Distant Imagery
Sondre Haugholt Breian
Sports fishing consultant, Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers (NJFF)
Aleksander Øren Heen
State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment
Solrun at COP26
Solrun Figenschau Skjellum, the Chair of NBFN's Board, attended COP26 to talk about Blue Forests in the Nordic countries.
Anne Lene Dale
Managing Director, Kystvett AS
Animation: What are blue forests?
Blue forests – eelgrass beds, mangrove forests, kelp forests, rockweed, and saltmarshes – are coastal and marine ecosystems that sequester carbon and provide a multitude of ecosystem services. Watch the video to learn more about how productive these ecosystems are and where they can be found. Video produced by GRID-Arendal 2022 for the Norwegian Blue […]
Are Karlsen
Mayor, Horten municipality
Gunhild Borgersen
Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Åshild Ergon
Associate professor, Foods of Norway, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Nina Dehnhard
Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Harald B. Hansen
Senior Advisor on Sustainable Oceans, WWF Norway
Oceans & Blue Carbon at COP26
OCEANS & BLUE CARBON AT COP26 This live blog features oceans, blue forests, and coastal and oceanic blue carbon related side events at UNFCCC COP26 (31 Oct – 12 Nov). 28 events are listed. This post will be updated throughout the COP and was originally posted on GEF Blue Forests Project. For any suggested updates […]
Linda Jonsson
Associate Expert, GEF International Waters, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Angelique Pouponneau
Chief Executive Officer, SeyCCAT
Olivia Polkinghorne
Associate Expert, GRID-Arendal
Kaya Asdal
Associate Expert, GRID-Arendal
Helena Michelsen
PostDoc, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Hans Kristian Strand
Researcher, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Trine Bekkby
Senior researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Kasper Hancke
Senior researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Frithjof Moy
Head of research, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Mari Vold Bjordal
Ocean industries adviser, Bellona
Tanya Bryan
Senior Programme Officer, GRID-Arendal
Jan Verbeek
Scientific Manager, SeaForester
Peter Stæhr
Professor, Department of EcoScience, Aarhus University
Hartvig Christie
Senior researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Peter Haugan
Programme Director, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Takehiro Nakamura
Coordinator of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Peter Harris
Managing Director, GRID-Arendal
Gaute Voigt-Hanssen
Chief negotiator, Ministry of Climate and Environment Norway
Melinda Coleman
Principal Research Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia
Karen Filbee-Dexter
Researcher, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Nordic Blue Carbon
A project led by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), in cooperation with GRID-Arendal, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Aarhus University and Åbo Akademi University.
Coverage decrease infographic
Infographic 2: Blue Forest coverage globally is decreasing Coverage decrease infographic By Kaya Asdal6th October 2021Read more Biodiversity Policy Brief Sources By Kaya Asdal6th October 2021Read more
Biodiversity infographic
Infographic 1: Blue Forests enhance the global biodiversity Coverage decrease infographic By Kaya Asdal6th October 2021Read more Biodiversity infographic By Kaya Asdal6th October 2021Read more Biodiversity Policy Brief Sources By Kaya Asdal6th October 2021Read more  
Biodiversity Policy Brief Sources
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Biodiversity Policy Brief
biodiversity policy brief English version The World Economic Forum identifies the loss of biodiversity as one of the five biggest threats to the global economy.  Blue forests such as kelp forests, seagrass meadows, salt marshes and mangrove forests are amongst the most biodiversity rich ecosystems in the world. Thousands of species depend on blue forests […]
Annual Report 2020
A competence network established by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), GRID-Arendal and the Institute ofMarine Research (IMR)
NBFN Strategy
nbfn strategy English version
Landscape Mapping Report
LANDSCAPE MAPPING REPORT English version
Annual Report 2019
ANNUAL REPORT 2019 English version
Annual Report 2018
ANNUAL REPORT 2018 English version
Blue Forest Week 2020
Blue Forest Week 2020 programme and recordings
Solrun Figenschau Skjellum
Research Director of Sustainable Societal Development, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Thomas Wernberg
Researcher, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Even Moland
Researcher, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Blue Forest Week: Day 3 (Nov 18)
Blue Forests: Solutions for the Road Ahead
Hege Gundersen
Senior researcher, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
Blue Forest Week: Day 2 (Nov 17)
Why Care About Norwegian Blue Forests?
Gunnar Sander
Senior Researcher, The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
ROCKWEED
Blue Forests Basics
SEAGRASS
Blue Forests Basics
SALTMARSHES
Blue Forests Basics
MANGROVES
Blue Forests Basics
Blue Forest Week: Day 1 (Nov 16)
A Global Perspective on Blue Forests
Kjell Magnus Norderhaug
Researcher, Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
Steven Lutz
Blue Carbon Lead, GRID-Arendal
KELP
Blue Forests Basics
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Blue Forest Week 2021: Livestream and Recordings
Norwegian Blue Forest Network invites you to the 2nd Annual Blue Forest Week
Please save the date: Tuesday November 16th to Thursday November 18th, 2021
Ripple effects of further loss of blue forest
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM HIGHLIGHTS LOSS OF NATURAL DIVERSITY AS ONE OF THE FIVE BIGGEST THREATS TO THE WORLD ECONOMY.​ In connection with the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Norwegian Blue Forests Network for is launching a policy brief on the importance of blue forests for biodiversity. Blue forests, such as seaweed and kelp forests, […]
Landscape Mapping Blue Forests Policy in Norway
Landscape Mapping Blue Forests Policy in Norway The Norwegian Government has granted approximately 327 million Norwegian kroner towards blue forests projects in 25 countries around the world since 2015 In celebration of Earth day, the Norwegian Blue Forest Network (NBFN) has launched a landscape mapping of Norwegian blue forest policy and projects. Blue forests are […]
Ecosystem Services in the Coastal Zones of the Nordic Countries – CoastalServices
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE COASTAL ZONES OF THE NORDIC COUNTRIES – COASTAL SERVICES The project looked at the values related to important habitats along the Nordic coasts. During the spring of 2016, partners from Norway, Sweden and Denmark developed an overview of the available information within this field and synthesized this knowledge in a report […]
Raet National Park Marine Ecosystem Service assessment
RAET NATIONAL PARK MARINE ECOSYSTEM SERVICE ASSESSMENT Background Raet National Park is a marine national park, which includes approx. 607 square kilometers of the coastal nature and the sea outside the municipalities of Tvedestrand, Arendal and Grimstad – from the municipal boundary towards Risør in the east to Valøyene outside Fevik in Grimstad municipality in […]
KELPFLOAT
KELPFLOAT aims to quantify the subsidy of kelp material to deeper and shallower ecosystems adjacent to kelp forests, and to identify kelp drift accumulation areas. Background Regime shifts between sea urchin barrens and kelp forests, and shifts from kelp forests to reefs dominated by turf-forming algae have resulted in altered kelp biomass and detrital production […]
Burial of Kelp Carbon in Sediments – BURSE
BURIAL OF KELP CARBON IN SEDIMENTS – BURSE BURSE aims at quantifying burial of kelp carbon in soft sediments on deep water. Background Kelps are perennial algae that make up dense forests on shallow water (0-30 m depth). Each kelp can be up to 3-4 m and is attached to hard substratum by a holdfast. […]
TURFALGAE workshop
TURFALGAE WORKSHOP  With support from NBNF and RCN (The Research Council of Norway), NIVA arranged an international workshop on turf algae in Oslo from May 31st to June 2nd, 2017 where the threats posed by turf algae to kelps and seagrasses were discussed. The aim of the workshop was to gather national and international leading […]
Blue Forests, Jazz and Tapas
BLUE FORESTS, JAZZ AND TAPAS What are Blue Forests? Did you know that Blue Forests can help us fight climate change? Join us at this uplifting evening event with jazz from the famous musicians Rasmus Solem, Espen Larsen and Arild Nyborg. Come and meet our experts, partners and supporters and learn more about the beautiful […]
Presentation at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
PRESENTATION AT THE NORWEGIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND LETTERS On Monday 2nd September 2017, Hege Gundersen (NIVA) and Glen Peters (CICERO) were invited from The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to hold a presentation about Carbon uptake in forests – The Earths’ natural buffer for climate changes. Glen was dealing with the green – and Hege […]
Interview at NRK Radio- Ekko
INTERVIEW AT NRK RADIO- EKKO On Wednesday, September 11, 2017, Hartvig Christie and Hege Gundersen were interviewed at NRK Ekko about the status of kelp forests in Norway and the role of blue forests in carbon uptake. Kelp forests along the Norwegian coast are slowly growing back after more than forty years of absence due […]
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
HOW BIG, HOW BLUE, HOW BEAUTIFUL Reposted story from GRID-Arendal Seagrasses help fight climate change in Norway Human activity releases 9.9 Gt of carbon every year. That’s 9,900,000,000 tonnes – equivalent to emissions from 2 billion passenger cars for one year. For perspective, there are just over a billion cars on the road in the world […]
KELCO WORKSHOP
KLECO WORKSHOP Role of kelp export in shaping adjacent benthic ecosystems: steps for international collaboration Oslo, 19-20 September 2017 The main goal of the KELCO workshop was to bring together national and international experts with different scientific backgrounds on kelp and benthic ecology to share data and information and identify and strengthen synergies amongst ongoing […]
Integrating mangrove forests into REDD+ workshop
INTEGRATING MANGROVE FORESTS INTO REDD+ WORKSHOP Organised by the Norwegian Blue Forest Network and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) Oslo, October 16-17 The goal of the workshop was to identify key challenges and potential solutions for integrating mangroves into REDD+ strategies. The workshop participants identified several key categories of challenges for integrating mangroves […]
Annual Report 2017
Annual Report 2017 At NBFN we take pride in our work for blue forests. 2017 saw a myriad of activities; from scientific trips to the lush seagrass meadows and kelp forests, and policy engagement at the historic UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goal 14, “The Ocean Conference”, to “infotaining” evenings with Jazz and Tapas during […]
Will climate change affect Norwegian kelp forests in a positive way?
WILL CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT NORWEGIAN KELP FORESTS IN A POSITIVE WAY? Originally posted: http://sciencenordic.com/will-climate-change-affect-norwegian-kelp-forests-positive-way Climate change, including acidification of the oceans, will likely affect many of the plants and animals in our sea and oceans. Fresh research results indicate that kelp could be favoured by some of the changes. Large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) are […]
New video on kelp forests
New video on kelp forests What you wanted to know about kelp but were afraid to ask Kelp Forests are underwater ecosystems formed in shallow waters. Although they look very much like plants, kelps are actually large brown algae. Kelp forests have been described as one of the most ecologically dynamic and biologically diverse habitat […]
NBFN at The REDD+ Exchange 2018
NBFN AT THE REDD+ EXCHANGE 2018 Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018, 27-28 June, Oslo This session follows from a preparatory workshop organized jointly by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative and NBFN last autumn. In his introduction, Minister of Environment and Climate, Ola Elvestuen referred to NBFN: “In my former capacity [as chair of the […]
Establishing an International Seagrass Experts Network
ESTABLISHING AN INTERNATIONAL SEAGRASS EXPERTS NETWORK Towards an international seagrass science, policy and conservation agenda, International Seagrass Biology Workshop 13–15 June 2018, Singapore Seagrass meadows are critical to the functioning of healthy and productive coasts around the world, but unfortunately, they are often overlooked and unappreciated. UN Environment in collaboration with GRID-Arendal aims to convene […]
NBFN on Arendalsuka 2018
“SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN BLUE FORESTS” Welcome to the NBFN’s blue forests evening event on Thursday, August 16th from 7-10pm at Le Monde, Arendal. WIll you be joining? Feel free to share with interested colleagues! Press ‘going’ Facebook arrangement
New Video!
NEW VIDEO! What if someone told you that you could use seaweed as an ingredient in your bread, drink water from a seaweed-membrane bottle, and use seagrass as a primary raw material for your mobile phone case or your sunglasses? Covering more than two-thirds of the planet, the ocean is fundamental to human well-being. Marine […]
Marine life – deep sea heroes fighting climate change
MARINE LIFE – DEEP SEA HEROES FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE Originally published: https://news.gefblueforests.org/marine-life-deep-sea-heroes-fighting-climate-change  Most efforts to address carbon emissions focus on land-based solutions such as conserving or replanting forests. However, marine life may be unlikely heroes in our fight against climate change and in avoiding the major global disasters warned of in the latest report from […]
New Insight into the Fate of Blue ‘Kelp’ Carbon
NEW INSIGHT INTO THE FATE OF BLUE ‘KELP’ CARBON A new research paper in Nature Scientific Reports shows that detached kelp fragments can be transported many kilometers, and have the potential to rapidly reach the continental shelf where they can be consumed by deep sea animals or get buried into sediments. The research was conducted […]
Workshop in Granada about the role of macroalgae in the global carbon budget
WORKSHOP IN GRANADA ABOUT THE ROLE OF MACROALGAE IN THE GLOBAL CARBON BUDGET Sixteen researchers from Europe, Australia and USA were in April gathered in Granada to discuss the role of macroalgae in the global carbon budget. Participants from the Norwegian Blue Forest Network were Kasper Hancke and Hege Gundersen from NIVA, and Karen Filbee-Dexter […]
NBFN at the International Blue Carbon Initiative meeting in Copenhagen
NBFN AT THE INTERNATIONAL BLUE CARBON INITIATIVE MEETING IN COPENHAGEN The Blue Carbon Initiative Scientific Working Group met in Copenhagen, Denmark, from September 9-13, 2019. The focus of this meeting was on Blue Carbon habitats in the Nordic countries. One of the central questions of the workshop was: “How can Blue Carbon contribute to achieve […]
Save the date: Norwegian Blue Forests Forum
We are excited to announce the dates for this year’s event organized by the Norwegian Blue Forests Network. When: Spring 2020 Where: Oslo, Norway (Venue TBC) What: An arena to stimulate knowledge-exchange and discussions for a knowledge-based and future oriented management of blue forests both nationally and internationally. Do you work with these ecosystems and […]
Verdien av havets økosystemer
I Norge har vi fire marine nasjonalparker. Det vi kan se av nasjonalparkene er stort sett strender, svaberg og steiner, men resten består av et stort blått teppe. Så hvilken verdi har dette teppet for oss mennesker? I havet finnes et mangfold av økosystemer med sine spesialiserte arter, akkurat som på land. Det finnes enorme […]
Integrating mangrove forests into REDD+ workshop
Organised by the Norwegian Blue Forest Network and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) Oslo, October 16-17   The goals of the workshop were to Identify key challenges and potential solutions for integrating mangroves into REDD+ strategies Identify focal themes and points of engagement with the Oslo REDD Exchange in 2018 Workshop participants identified […]
TURFALGAE workshop
Threats of turf algae on blue forests Oslo, 31 May – 2 June 2017 With support from NBNF and RCN (The Research Council of Norway), NIVA arranged an international workshop on turf algae and the threats they pose to kelps and seagrasses. The aim of the workshop was to gather national and international leading scientists, […]