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RUSSCASP website
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
   Polar and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books

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.
Geir Hønneland: The Politics of the Arctic Geir Hønneland (ed)
The Politics of the Arctic
Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2013, 722 p.

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 Latest other research publications

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'Rescuing EU Emissions Trading: Mission Impossible?' Global Environmental Politics, Vol 14, No 2, 2014, pp. 64-81.

Arvanitakis, Andreas, EU ETS: Is the Market Stability Reserve the right tool for remedying oversupply? FNI Climate Policy Perspectives 12, May 2014.

Rosendal, G. Kristin and Peter Johan Schei, 'How May REDD+ Affect the Practical, Legal and Institutional Framework for 'Payment for Ecosystem Services' in Costa Rica?' Ecosystem Services, Available online 20.05.2014, DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.04.009.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Norway and Russia: Bargaining Precautionary Fisheries Management in the Barents Sea'. Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol 5, No 1, 2014, pp. 75-99.

Moe, Arild, 'The future of Arctic oil and gas development - Russian and Norwegian perspectives'. In Oran R. Young, Jong Deog Kim, Yoon Hyung Kim (eds), The Arctic in World Affairs - A North Pacific Dialogue on the Future of the Arctic. Seoul / Honolulu, Korea Maritime Institute / East-West Center, 2013, pp. 169-176.

Jensen, Øystein, 'The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: An administrative, Scientific, or Judicial Institution?' Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 45, No 2, 2014, pp. 171-185.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Compliance and Postagreement Bargaining in the Barents Sea Fisheries'. Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 45, No 2, 2014, pp. 186-204.

Kokorin, Alexey and Anna Korppoo, Russia’s Greenhouse Gas Target 2020: Projections, Trends and Risks. Berlin, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2014, 17 p. In English and Russian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'The Times They Are A- Changin’: Norsk sikkerhet og usikkerhet i nordområdene' ('The Times They Are A-Changin': Norwegian Security and Insecurity in the High North'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 72, No 1, 2014, pp. 7-29. In Norwegian.

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 Latest commentary articles

Skjærseth, Jon Birger, 'Polen bremser' ('Poland Curbs EU Climate Ambitions), Dagens Næringsliv, 23.06.2014. In Norwegian.

Wegge, Njord, 'Polarnasjonen Norge' ('The Polar Nation Norway'), Nord24, 19.06.2014. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Ukraina og Barentshavet' ('Ukraine and the Barents Sea'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 23.05.2014. In Norwegian.

Lunde, Leiv, 'Klok utenrikspolitikk' ('Norwegian Government's Decision Not to Meet the Dalai Lama is Wise Foreign Policy'), Dagens Næringsliv, 11.05.2014. In Norwegian.

Eikeland, Per Ove and Arild Moe (interview), 'I skjebnefellesskap med Russland' ('The Ukrainian Crisis and Gas: Norway Shares Fate with Russia'), Energi og Klima, 11.04.2014. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Ny murring i Svalbardsonen' ('New Grumblings in the Svalbard Zone'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 21.03.2014. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kan Kinas «krig mot forurensning» lykkes?' ('Can China's 'war on pollution' succeed?'), Energi og Klima, 14.03.2014. In Norwegian.

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 Upcoming FNI events

Myths and facts about China's Arctic interests
 FNI, 19.06.2014 12:00-14:00

 Latest FNI News 

Leiv Lunde and Yang Jian. Photo: SIISFNI Conference in Shanghai: Asian Countries and the Arctic Future
 (23.05.2014) 23-25 April, scholars from China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Canada, Finland, Norway and USA gathered in Shanghai for the Asian Countries and the Arctic Future conference. The conference, part of FNI's AsiArctic Programme, was co-hosted by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and FNI.  More >

Lars H. GulbrandsenNew Article Identifies Public-Private Interaction Mechanisms in Non-state Certification Programs
 (17.03.2014) A new article by FNI Research Professor Lars H. Gulbrandsen analyzes public-private governance interactions in the forestry and fisheries sectors, with particular focus on the effects of state responses to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).  More >

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 FNI in the media

'Nordic Cooperative Stance Bolstered by Ukraine Crisis', DefenseNews, 10.06.2014.

'Svovelutslippene vil fortsette' ('The Sulphur Emissions Will Continue'), NRK Nordnytt, 04.06.2014. In Norwegian.

'Island er blant de nybakte arktiske statene' ('Iceland Is Among the New Arctic States'), Nordlys, 03.06.2014. In Norwegian.

'Derfor vil de kvitte seg med Thorbjørn Jagland' ('Why They Want to Get Rid of Thorbjørn Jagland'), Aftenposten, 23.05.2014. In Norwegian.

'Nansen uten idealisme?' ('Nansen with no Idealism?'), Dagens Næringsliv, 20.05.2014. In Norwegian.

'Putin reluctant to strike back against US following sanctions', Barents Observer, 30.04.2014.

'Usikker klimapolitikk for EU' ('Uncertain Climate Policies for the EU'), Cicero News, 25.04.2014. In Norwegian.

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Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson and Geir Hønneland (eds): International Environmental Agreements: An Introduction
 FNI seeks Master's students
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