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Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN) aims to jointly strengthen the Norwegian competence and know-how in blue forests so that its full potential in addressing the global climate challenge and provisioning of other ecosystem services can be met nationally and internationally. The four main objectives are to:


  • Raise awareness in Norway on blue forests
  • Improve understanding of blue forests
  • Develop and execute action oriented projects
  • Support the Norwegian blue forests policy and research agenda


Norway, with its long coastline and strong traditional connection to marine resources, has internationally been a strong advocate for the sustainable use of coastal blue forests ecosystems. Norway has also supported blue forests policy at the international level, within the context of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Also, under its development policy umbrella, Norway supports projects in blue forests ecosystems that aim to improve ecosystem management, empower and involve local communities, and contribute to poverty alleviation. Nationally, the sustainable use of marine ecosystems is a cornerstone of Norway’s goal to develop its blue-green economy.

Status: In progress

Type: Coastal Habitats

Programme: Blue Carbon

Tags: African biodiversity Climate Change Norway

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