Prime Minister Erna Solberg has taken the initiative to establish an international High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The Panel will highlight the relationship between clean and healthy oceans, sustainable use of ocean resources and economic growth and development.
A vision for zero emissions
On an initiative by Norway, the UN Environment Assembly in December 2017 agreed on a vision for zero emissions of plastics and microplastics to the oceans.
National plastics strategy
Norway has a national plastics strategy that aims to reduce marine litter and turn waste into resources.
Around 80 – 90 % of marine litter comes from land-based sources, and most of this comes from a few countries in Southeast Asia. Norway has therefore launched a special aid programme aimed at combatting marine litter and microplastics in the ocean in developing countries.
Norway has also taken the initiative to establish a multi-donor trust fund in the World Bank to improve waste management and prevent marine litter in developing countries. Our aim is that this should become a truly multi-donor fund and we welcome all partners on board.
The Nansen Program
Norway has its own research vessel that assists developing countries in establishing sustainable fisheries practices. The vessel is part of the Nansen Program, which is a collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). For more than 40 years the Nansen Program has contributed to knowledge development and ecosystembased ocean management in the global South.
The Hardanger Suspension Bridge, Western Norway
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