Highlights

Highlights

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 […]
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 […]
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
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
Solrun at COP26
Solrun Figenschau Skjellum, the Chair of NBFN's Board, attended COP26 to talk about Blue Forests in the Nordic countries.
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 […]
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.
Annual Report 2020
A competence network established by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), GRID-Arendal and the Institute ofMarine Research (IMR)
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
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]