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

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 and peer-reviewed articles

The International Spectator Andresen, Steinar
'International Climate Negotiations: Top-down, Bottom-up or a combination of both?'
The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, Vol 50, No 1, 2015, pp. 15-30.
 Tor Håkon Inderberg
Advanced metering policy development and influence structures: The case of Norway
Energy Policy, Vol 81, 2015, pp. 98-105.
Svein Vigeland Rottem: A Note on the Arctic Council Svein Vigeland Rottem,
A Note on the Arctic Council Agreements
Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 46, No 1, 2015, pp. 50-59.
Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte  and Morten Walløe Tvedt: Beyond the Thumbrule Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte and Morten Walløe Tvedt
Beyond the Thumbrule Approach: Regulatory Innovation for Bioprospecting in India
Law Environment and Development Journal, Vol 11, No 1, 2015, pp 1-24.
 J. Zalasiewicz, C.N. Waters, M. Williams, A.D. Barnosky, A. Cearreta, P. Crutzen, E. Ellis, M.A. Ellis, I.J. Fairchild, J. Grinevald, P.K. Haff, I. Hajdas, R. Leinfelder, J. McNeill, E.O. Odada, C. Poirier, D. Richter, W. Steffen, C. Summerhayes, J.P. Syvitski, D. Vidas, M. Wagreich, S.L. Wing, A.P. Wolfe, A. Zhisheng, N. Oreskes
When did the Anthropocene begin? A mid-twentieth century boundary level is stratigraphically optimal
Quaternary International, online 12.01.2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.045, 8 p.
 Torbjørg Jevnaker
Pushing administrative EU integration: the path towards European network codes for electricity
Journal of European Public Policy, Online 22.01.2015, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2014.1000363, 21 p.
Korppoo, Tynkkynen and Hønneland: Russia and the Politics of International Environmental Regimes: Environmental Encounters or Foreign Policy? Anne Korppoo, Nina Tynkkynen and Geir Hønneland
Russia and the Politics of International Environmental Regimes: Environmental Encounters or Foreign Policy?
Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, 192 p.
 Tone Winge
Seed Legislation in Europe and Crop Genetic Diversity
Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, Vol 15, 2015, pp. 1-64.
Inderberg et al.; Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices Inderberg, Tor Håkon, Siri Eriksen, Karen O'Brien og Linda Sygna (eds)
Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices
London, Routledge, 2015, 295 p.
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.

Other recent research publications

Pisupati, Balakrishna and Christian Prip, Interim Assessment of Revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPS), Cambridge/Lysaker, UNEP-WCMC/FNI, 2015, 31 p.

Sandberg, Kristin, Steven J. Hoffman and Mark Pearcey, Lessons for Global Health from Global Environmental Governance. Chatham House Working Paper. Centre on Global Health Security. London: Chatham House / The Royal Institute for International Affairs. 2015. 21 p.

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'The EU Emissions Trading System: Frontrunner in Trouble'. In Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe, Leonie Reins (eds), Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law. Cheltenham (UK), Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 451-476.

Vidas, Davor, 'Meere im Anthropozän - und die Regeln das Holozäns' ('Oceans in the Anthropocene - and the Rules of the Holocene'). In N. Möllers, C. Schwägerl and H. Trischler (eds), Willkommen im Anthropozän. Munich, Deutsches Museum Verlag, 2015, pp. 56-60. In German.

Fjellvang, Camilla V. Ramos, Why did Canada withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol? A case study. FNI Report 1/2015. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 88 p.

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Latest commentary articles

Wettestad, Jørgen and Torbjørg Jevnaker, 'Some much needed momentum is finally building behind the EU’s emissions trading system', EUROPP Blog, 24.04.2015.

Jørgensen, Jørgen Holten and Arild Moe, 'Hva vil russerne på Svalbard?' ('What Do the Russians Want on Svalbard?'), Aftenposten, 23.04.2015. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'China and the Arctic: Where’s the Great Power Competition?', China Policy Institute Blog, 13.03.2015.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kinas nye revolusjon' ('China's New Revolution'), Dagens Næringsliv, 20.01.2015. In Norwegian.

Rowe. Lars and Jørgen Holten Jørgensen, 'Russlands sannferdige løgner' ('Russia's true lies'), Bergens Tidende, 09.01.2015. In Norwegian.

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 Latest FNI News 

Development beyond aidNew Report Finds Norway Lacking in Policy Coherence for Development
 (22.04.2015) Norwegian development policies need to be more coherent, with the Prime Minister's Office assuming greater coordinating responsibilities, recommends a new report by FNI researchers Irja Vormedal and Leiv Lunde.  More >

MoUFNI Signs MoU with TERI and INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE to Promote Joint Research on Climate and Development in India, China and Globally
 17.04.2015) Recognizing the importance of knowledge cooperation to address issues pertaining to climate change and sustainable development, FNI yesterday signed a MoU with India's TERI and the INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group.  
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Geir HønnelandGeir Hønneland New FNI Director
 (07.04.2015) Geir Hønneland has today taken over as Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI).  
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 FNI in the media

'Momentum finally building for EU ETS -researchers', Carbon Pulse, 24.04.205.

'Venter på anerkjennelse' ('Armenians: Awaiting Genocide Recognition'), Dagsavisen, 24.04.2015. In Norwegian.

'Gjenytelser i møtet med myndighetene' ('Return Favours when Encountering the Authorities in Russia'), NORRUSS Newsletter, 23.04.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russlandekspert: – Rogozin har ikke gjort noe ulovlig ved å dra til Svalbard' ('Russia Expert: – Rogozin Has Done Nothing Illegal by Travelling to Svalbard'), TV2, 21.04.2015.

'Visestatsminister Rogozins besøk på Svalbard' ('Visit of Russian Deputy Prime Ministyr Rogozin to Svalbard'), NRK Dagsnytt 18, 20.04.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russland-ekspert: – Lite Norge kan gjøre' ('Russia Expert: - Little Norway Can Do'), NRK, 20.04.2015. In Norwegian.

'Norvezhskie eksperty schitayut vizit Rogozina na Shpitsbergen soznatel'noi provokatsei ' ('Norwegian Experts View Rogozin's Visit to Svalbard as a Provocation'), RBC, 20.04.2015. In Russian.

'Rogozin: «Arktis er det russiske Mekka»' ('Rogozin: - The Arctic Is Russia's Mecca'), Aftenposten, 20.04.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russlands ambassadør om besøket på Svalbard: – Norsk overreaksjon' ('Russia's Ambassador to Norway about the Visit to Svalbard: - Norway Is Overreacting'), VG, 20.04.2015.

'På tide med én utviklingspolitikk for hele regjeringen?' ('About Time to Have One Set of Development Policies for the Entire Government?'), RORG News, 20.04.2015. In Norwegian.

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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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