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FNI Climate Policy Perspectives
Farmers' Rights Project website

FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics.

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteWithin this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:
   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books

Øystein Jensen: The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy Øystein Jensen
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy
Leiden/Boston, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, 316 p.
Geir Hønneland: Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity Geir Hønneland
Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity
Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 132 p.
Øystein Jensen: Noreg og havets folkerett Øystein Jensen
Noreg og havets folkerett ('Norway and the Law of the Sea')
Trondheim, Akademika, 2014, 169 p. In Norwegian.

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 Latest other research publications

Peng Jingchao and Njord Wegge, 'China and the Law of the Sea: Implications for Arctic Governance'. The Polar Journal, Vol 4, No 2, 2014, pp. 287-305.

Prip, Christian and Linda Wallbott, REDD+ in India: managing carbon storage and biodiversity safeguarding in national forest politics? FNI Report 13/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 45 p.

Arvanitakis, Andreas and Peter Hind, Designing a Market-Based Measure for International Aviation Emissions. FNI Climate Policy Perspectives 14, November 2014.

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Anne Raaum Christensen. 'EU Legislation to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Cars: Intergovernmental or Supranational Policy-Making?' Review of Policy Research, Vol 31, No 6, 2014, pp. 503-528

Breit, Eric, Lars Rowe and Pål Wilter Skedsmo, Evaluering av støtteordningen BarentsKult ('Evaluation of the Funding Mechanism BarentsKult'). FNI Report 11/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 41 p. In Norwegian.

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Geir Hønneland, 'Fisheries Certification in Russia: The Emergence of Non-State Authority in a Postcommunist Economy'. Ocean Development & International Law, Vol 45, No 4, 2014, pp. 341-359.

Østerud, Øyvind and Geir Hønneland, 'Geopolitics and International Governance in the Arctic'. Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol 5, No 2, 2014, pp. 156-176.

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 Latest commentary articles

Inderberg, Tor Håkon, Torbjørg Jevnaker and Jørgen Wettestad, 'Gir klimalov bedre politikk?' ('Will a Climate Law Lead to Better Policies?'), Dagens Næringsliv, 09.11.2014. In Norwegian.

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'Rask innstramming av EUs kvotesystem?' ('Rapid Tightening of the EU Emissions Trading System?'), Energi & Klima, 04.11.2014. In Norwegian.

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'Mot global karbonprising' ('Towards Global Carbon Pricing'), Klima, 30.10.2014.'

Gulbrandsen, Lars. H., 'Book Review: Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance, by Jessica F. Green', Global Environmental Politics, Vol 14, No 4, 2014.

Skjærseth, Jon Birger, 'Polsk bremsekloss' ('Polish Curb to EU Climate Policies'), Energi og Klima, 10.10.2014. In Norwegian.

Moe, Arild, 'Russian Oil: Challenges and Possibilities', Oxford Energy Forum, August 2014.

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 Upcoming events

Polhøgdaseminar om verneområder
FNI, 28.11.2014

 Latest FNI News 

Redd+ in IndiaCan REDD+ Both Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Safeguard Biodiversity?: Lessons from India
 (20.11.2014) Internationally, India has supported expanding the scope of REDD+ from climate change to also include wider concerns such as biodiversity. Domestically, the country has not come far in implementing such policies. Furthermore, when it comes to shaping the details of REDD+, India is faced with difficult dilemmas in balancing climate change mitigation with biodiversity.  More >

BarentsKultThe BarentsKult Funding Mechanism: A Success
 (30.10.2014) The BarentsKult funding mechanism has helped enhance the professional standards of art companies, theatres and festivals in Northern Norway. It has also contributed to the creation of innovative art projects and cross-border networks between Norwegian and Russian artists.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'Kina trånar efter norsk polarolja' ('China Yearns for Norwegian Polar Oil'),, 14.11.2014. In Swedish.

'Norway Embraces Chinese Cash in Race for Arctic Oil Riches', Bloomberg Businessweek, 13.112014.

'Protecting Ethiopia’s bio-diversity resources', The Ethiopian Herald, 12.11.2014.

'Rapportkonklusjon: BarentsKult en suksess' ('Report Concludes that BarentsKult Is a Success'), Barents Secretariat News, 31.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'Verdens største gasselskap snuser på norsk sokkel' ('World's Largest Gas Company Interested in the Norwegian Continental Shelf'),, 30.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'EU 2030 - hva ble de egentlig enig om?' ('EU 2030 - What Did They Really Agree on?'), Energi og Klima, 29.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'EU bruker mer fourensende kull' ('The EU Uses More Polluting Coal'), Aftenposten, 24.10.2014. In Norwegian.

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 FNI seeks Master's students
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 FNI is located at Polhøgda, outside Oslo, Norway. Polhøgda was the home of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his death in 1930. His grave is in the garden in front of the manor.

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