Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN)
The network’s goal is to advance the blue forest approach in addressing climate change and meeting the SDGs
“Blue forests” are coastal and marine habitats that have the ability to store carbon and provide a range of important ecosystem services for coastal communities. Blue forests are considered integral ecosystems for biodiversity and the development of sustainable food sources and materials.
Within Norway, interest in the blue forests concept is growing. However, the domestic and international initiatives and projects supported by the Norwegian Government have yet to be condensed into a singular strategy. Within this context, a series of stakeholder interviews were conducted to identify relevant projects and to gain an understanding of the potential opportunities and perceptions regarding blue forests policy in Norway.
This report presents a first-level landscape map and dataset of the blue forests projects supported by the Norwegian Government in 25 countries around the world, with a combined budget of approximately 327 million Norwegian kroner. Overall, the findings presented within this initial assessment will allow relevant policymakers to evaluate current priority areas and consider future opportunities for blue forests policy in Norway.
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Arendal