Who is NBFN

The Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN) was established in 2014 and consists of the following leading Norwegian organizations with overlapping and complementary competencies and experiences in blue forests

GRID-Arendal is a Norwegian foundation that was established in 1989 to strengthen the United Nations and its Environment Programme (UN Environment). With a mission to create environmental knowledge enabling positive change, GRID-Arendal works around the world – from the Himalayas to the Arctic, from Africa to the South Pacific. GRID-Arendal’s competence in blue forests includes communications and information sharing, capacity building, and the development and management of blue carbon projects, such as the UN Environment/Global Environment Facility Blue Forests Project.


The Institute for Marine Research- Havforskninginstituttet (IMR) is a national advisory research institute with almost 1,000 employees and one of the biggest research institutes in Europe. Its main objective is to provide knowledge and advice to Norwegian authorities, the Ministry of Trade Industry and Fisheries, the Food Safety Authority, as well as the fishing industry and other stakeholders, on questions related to sustainable use and the management of our oceans, the coastal environment, and the biological resources including Blue Forests. IMR has a national advisory function regarding the management of kelp forests and runs several research and monitoring projects to increase the knowledge on kelp forest ecosystem services, such as carbon storage.


Norwegian Institute for Water Research, NIVA, is a non-profit research foundation with 200 staff members committed to research, monitoring, assessment and studies on freshwater, coastal and marine environments in addition to environmental technology. NIVA’s broad scope of scientific competence and research expertise is important to Norwegian business and industry, as well as public administration on various levels. NIVA has a strong track record in research and development work in Norwegian coastal ecosystems including the dynamics, biodiversity, and structure of kelp forests in connection to climate change, sea urchins and other pressures. Commissioned by the Norwegian Environment Agency, NIVA provided the first comprehensive study of Norwegian blue carbon sequestration by kelp forests in 2011. NIVA has also considerable international project experience, including assessments of coastal ecosystems in different parts of the world.