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RUSSCASP website
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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

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

Andresen, Steinar, 'International Whaling Commission'. In J.F. Morin and A. Orsini (eds), Essential concepts of Global Environmental Governance. London/New Yourk, Routledge, 2014, pp. 101-104.

Wegge, Njord, 'China in the Arctic. Interests, Actions and Challenges', Nordlit, No 32, 2014, pp. 83-98.

Pisupati, Balakrishna, Options and Approaches for Realizing Target 16 of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. FNI Report 3/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 22 p.

Dhillion, Shivcharn, Technology Transfer in India: CBD, Institutions, Actors, Typologies and Perceptions. FNI Report 2/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 50 p.

Inderberg, Tor Håkon, Knut Bjørn Stokke and Marte Winsvold, 'The Effect of New Public Management Reforms on Climate Change Adaptive Capacity: A Comparison of Urban Planning and the Electricity Sector'. In Walter Leal (ed), Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. New York, Springer, 2014. Chapter 35, 15 p. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-40455-9_83-1

Auld, Graeme and Lars H. Gulbrandsen , 'Learning through Disclosure: The Evolving Importance of Transparency in the Practice of Nonstate Certification'. In Aarti Gupta and Michael Mason (eds), Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives. Cambridge (USA), MIT Press, 2014, pp. 271-296.

Boasson, Elin Lerum Boasson and Wettestad, Jørgen, 'The Interaction of EU Climate Policies: Mechanisms and Lessons'. In Tony Fitzpatrick (ed), International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment. Cheltenham (UK), Edward Elgar, 2014, pp. 329-349-17.

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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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 Latest FNI News 

Øystein Jensen: The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and LegitimacyThe Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
 (01.09.2014) As the world’s coastal states go about dividing up the ocean floor, the work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf plays an increasingly important role. The Commission's work is analyzed in a new book by Øystein Jensen.  More >

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteFNI Norway's #1 Institute in Scientific Publishing
 (11.08.2014) In a report released by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) this summer, FNI comes out on top amongst Norwegian research institutes with regard to scientific publication activity.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'China's carbon plans: secrecy and oversupply darken outlook', Reuters, 18.08.2014.

'Rom på Kola' ('Space on the Kola Peninsula'), Dagens Næringsliv/D2, 15.08.2014. In Norwegian.

'Greenpeace targets Gazprom through Shell in the Arctic', European Energy Review, 14.08.2014.

'Oligarker frykter isolasjon' ('Oligarchs Fear Isolation'), Dagens Næringsliv, 22.07.2014. In Norwegian.

'EU Climate Policy: Industry, Policy Interaction and External Environment' (book review), Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol 22, No 2, 11.07.2014.

'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.

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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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 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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