TURFALGAE workshop

TURFALGAE workshop Threats of turf algae on blue forestsOslo, 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 […]

Blue Forests, Jazz and Tapas

Blue Forests, Jazz and Tapas Arendal, 15 August 2017 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 […]

Presentation at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Presentation at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Oslo, 2 September 2017 On Monday 2th September, 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 […]

Interview at NRK Radio- Ekko

Interview at NRK Radio- Ekko On Wednesday 11th September, 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 to […]

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful 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 today.What is the […]


KELCO WORKSHOP Role of kelp export in shaping adjacent benthic ecosystems: steps for international collaborationOslo, 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 research […]

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? 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 being released […]

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 […]