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Janet Stephenson. Photo: Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago.Towards more local and community-based resource management?
 (28.09.2016) Janet Stephenson, director for the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago, New Zealand, sees a shift towards more local and community-based marine resource management.
But is local and small-scale resource management necessarily better than large-scale, market-based policy instruments?  More >

Geir HønnelandBrings Arctic expertise to Asia: FNI attends talks on the South China Sea conflict
 (09.09.2016) FNI director Geir Hønneland earlier this week took part in an expert seminar in Beijing where procedures for peaceful encounters at sea in the South China Sea were discussed  More >

The Anthropocene Working GroupScientists: Yes, the anthropocene is real
 (30.08.2016) Have we really entered a new geological time period, the Anthropocene? A period where the human impact on the earth is, in fact, so massive that it has created a new geological interval of time?  More >

The Anthropocene Working GroupThe Anthropocene Working Group meeting at FNI
 (25.04.2016) From 21 to 24 April, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute hosted a meeting of the Anthropocene Working Group, which considered evidence for a human-driven interval of geological time, the Anthropocene.  More >

2030 Climate and Energy FrameworkNew Report Finds the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Framework a Genuinely Negotiated Compromise
 (14.04.2016) A new comprehensive FNI Report documents the complicated political negotiations leading to the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Framework in 2014.  More >

Arctic CouncilChallenges for the Arctic Council: Vision, Structure and Participation
 (12.04.2016) How can the Arctic Council adapt to the recent widening of its agenda and increased number of participants? This is the question explored in a new report by FNI Senior Research Fellow Svein Vigeland Rottem.  More >

Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and PracticesFNI provides key input to report to hammer out future EU climate change policy
 (05.11.2015) The countries of the European Union are negotiating a revision of the Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) in order to reduce emissions. FNI has provided key input to that process.  More >

Leiv Lunde, Yang Jian and Iselin Stensdal,: Asian countries and the Arctic futureBook launch in Shanghai: Asian Countries and the Arctic Future
 (30.10.2015) On Oct. 28th, Asian Countries and the Arctic Future was launched at a seminar at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). The book is the result of joint FNI-SIIS efforts, and also a key output of the AsiArctic project.  More >

Geir HønnelandFNI part of Arctic "Dream Team"
 (09.09.2015) Norway's ability to promote its interests and High North policies internationally is to be strengthened through the establishment of an Arctic network described as the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende's Arctic "dream team". FNI Director Geir Hønneland is part of the group.  More >

Leiv Lunde, Yang Jian and Iselin Stensdal,: Asian countries and the Arctic futureNew book: Asian Countries and the Arctic Future
 (28.08.2015) Over the last few years, Asian governments have taken a stronger approach to the Arctic, culminating with permanent-observer status to the Arctic Council for China, India, Japan, Singapore and South-Korea in 2013. This book brings together the latest research in emerging Asian interests for the Arctic region, and the implications thereof this change has for the future.  More >

Helge Ole BergesenObituary: Helge Ole Bergesen
 (09.07.2015) Helge Ole Bergesen died on 29th of June, from cancer. He worked for the Fridtjof Nansen Institute from 1979 to 2006, except his term as State Secretary from 2001 to 2005. In 2006 he became the first Research Director at the University of Stavanger.  More >

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteFNI Tops Ranking of Norway's Most Productive Research Institutes in 2014
 (08.07.2015) According to statistics published by the Research Council of Norway, researchers at FNI were Norway's most productive in 2014 when it comes to academic publishing, just as they were in 2013.  More >

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 Memorandum of Understanding with The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) of India and the INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group.  More >

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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Norwegian GovernmentFNI Recommends Government to Conduct Thorough Assessment of a Possible Norwegian Climate Act
 (01.02.2015) An earlier FNI study showed how the adoption of the British Climate Act led to more responible climate policies in the UK. On this basis, in it's input to a hearing conducted by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, FNI recommends the Government to conduct a more thorough assessment of the consequences of introducing similar legislation in Norway.  More (in Norwegian) >

Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and PracticesClimate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices
 (23.01.2015) Climate change is as much a problem of development as for development, according to a new book on climate change adaptation and development.  More >

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 >

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 >

Sebastian Oberthür & Kristin Rosendal: Global Governance of Genetic ResourcesGlobal Governance of Genetic Resources
 (08.08.2014) A recent book co-edited by FNI's Kristin Rosendal analyses the status and prospects of the global governance of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the aftermath of 2010's Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  More >

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 >

EmissionsKLIMAFORSK Announcement Means Strong Boost to FNI Climate Research
 (11.03.2014) Last week's round of allocations from the Research Council of Norway's new KLIMAFORSK programme signifies a considerable further strengthening of FNI climate research. Three out of the 23 projects to be funded are coordinated by FNI.  More >

he China-Nordic Research Center (CNARC) officially launchedThe China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) Officially Launched
 (09.01.2014) In December the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) was officially launched in Shanghai. FNI is one of its 10 founding members.  More >

Jørgen Holten Jørgensen & Geir Hønneland: Russisk politikkNew FNI Books on Russian Politics
 (11.12.2013) In recent weeks FNI has published two new books on Russian politics. One is a general introduction to the Russian political system, while the other analyzes Russian reactions to the Norwegian-Russian Barents Sea delimitation agreement of 2010.  More (in Norwegian) >

Fridtjof Nansens InstituttFNI Scores among Norway's Best on Scientific Production
 (25.11.2013) In a comparative analysis published by the Research Council of Norway for the years 2009-2012, FNI comes out as one of the country's most productive research institutes. FNI scores particularly high on the main indicators for academic quality: scientific publishing and production of PhDs.  More (in Norwegian) >

Regine Andersen and Tone Winge: Realizing Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources New Book Shows How Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources Can Be Realized
 (25.09.2013) Farmers' Rights to crop genetic resources are essential for maintaining agricultural biodiversity. FAO's International Plant Treaty (ITPGRFA) recognizes Farmers' Rights, but implementation is slow, and in many countries there is resistance.  More >

Njord WeggeNjord Wegge Obtains PhD on the Relationship between Norway and the EU in the Arctic
 (12.09.2013) Senior Research Fellow Njord Wegge yesterday successfully defended his PhD thesis on the relationship between Norway and the EU in the High North.  More >

Angela MerkelFNI/IFS Seminar: German Security and Energy Policy after the Election
 (09.09.2013) At a seminar at FNI 24 September, German experts and researchers from FNI and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) will discuss the results of the German elections, and highlight security and energy implications for Europe and Norway  More (at IFS' website) >

Jon Birger Skjærseth & Per Ove Eikeland:  Corporate Responses to EU Emissions Trading: Resistance, Innovation or ResponsibilityCorporate Responses to EU Emissions Trading
 (08.07.2013) A new book edited by FNI researchers Jon Birger Skjærseth and Per Ove Eikeland takes a systematic look at the responses of every major European industry covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).  More >

Øystein JensenØystein Jensen obtains PhD on Law of the Sea
 (10.06.2013) FNI Senior Research Fellow Øystein Jensen has today successfully defended his PhD dissertation The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy  More >

Hva Norge kan være i verdenWhat Norway Can Be in the World
 (07.06.2013) FNI Director Leiv Lunde, along with NUPI researcher Henrik Thune, is publishing a new book where they analyze Norwegian foreign policy, looking at the foreign policy choices that will shape the development of the Norwegian society in the years to come.  More (in Norwegian) >

Doing Good by Doing Well?FNI Debates Statoil's Engagement in Africa
 (14.05.2013) Yesterday, the report Doing Good by Doing Well? Statoil in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. The report, commissioned by the Norwegian Church Aid, has been written by FNI researchers Pål Wilter Skedsmo, Heidi Bade and Leiv Lunde.  More >

Photo: Andrew BowdenNorway's Protected Areas: Failing to Conserve Threatened Environments
 (26.04.2013) A 2009 reform is expected to mitigate local conflicts at the expense of long-term conservation.  More >

International Studies AssociationFNI at ISA
 (17.04.2013) As usual, FNI was well represented at the annual convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), the world's largest academic conference for social scientists studying international politics.  More >

Law of the Sea and marine affairsFNI to Play Key Role in New Research Centre on Ocean Law
 (12.04.2013) The Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation yesterday announced the award of 36 million NOK over a six-year period to establish the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Ocean Law. The Centre will be one of the largest centres of its kind internationally. It will be hosted by the University of Tromsø (UiT) with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute as national consortium partner.  More >

Lars RoweLars Rowe Obtains PhD on the History of the Pechenga Nickel Plant
 (12.02.2013) Last week, Senior Research Fellow Lars Rowe successfully defended his PhD thesis on the history of the nickel plant in Pechenga. In his thesis, Dr. Rowe has aimed to answer the following main question: Why do Russian industrial emissions continue to harm Norwegian territory?  More >

Geir Hønneland: Borderland RussiansBorderland Russians Published in Revised Version
 (29.01.2013) Geir Hønneland's book on the identity of Russians on the Kola Peninsula – Borderland Russians from 2010 – is now being published in a revised version, with a new foreword by Iver B. Neumann.  More >

Leif Christian JensenLeif Christian Jensen Obtains PhD on Norwegian Discourses of the High North
 (24.01.2013) FNI Senior Research Fellow Leif Christian Jensen has today successfully defended his PhD dissertation Norway on a High in the North: A discourse analysis of policy framing.  More >

Elin Lerum Boasson & Jørgen Wettestad: EU Climate Policy: Industry, Policy Interaction and External Environment EU Climate Policy – From Rhetoric to Action
 (14.01.2013) In the course of the past ten years, EU climate policy has gone from rhetoric to real and extensive action. This important change is the focus of a new book by FNI Research Professor Jørgen Wettestad and Elin Lerum Boasson at CICERO.  More >

Tor Håkon InderbergChina Seeks FNI Advice on Energy Governance in the Arctic and in Developing Countries
 (14.01.2013) FNI Director Leiv Lunde has returned from China where he spoke to groups of petroleum industry professionals on two important issues facing Chinese petroleum companies today: How to operate in challenging, domestic environments in developing countries? And what are the challenges to petroleum activities in the Arctic?.  More >

Tor Håkon InderbergTor Håkon Inderberg obtains PhD on Climate Change Adaptation in Norwegian and Swedish Power Companies
 (14.12.2012) FNI Senior Research Fellow Tor Håkon Inderberg has today successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Swedish and Norwegian energy companies' adaptation to climate change.  More >

Photo: Development Fund / Marit FikkeFNI Research Professor Chairs ILA International Committee on Sea-level Rise
 (30.11.2012) The International Law Association (ILA) established this month a new international committee, on 'International Law and Sea-level Rise'. FNI Research Professor Davor Vidas, a member of the Norwegian branch of the ILA, is appointed Chair of the Committee.  More >

Photo: Development Fund / Marit FikkeHow Ethiopia Lost Control of Its Teff Genetic Resources
 (12.11.2012) In 2005, Ethiopia concluded an agreement with a Dutch company sharing its teff genetic resources in return for a part of the benefits that would be achieved from developing teff products for the European market. In the end, Ethiopia received practically no benefits. Instead, due to a broad patent and a questionable bankruptcy, it lost its right to utilize and reap benefits from its own teff genetic resources in the countries where the patent is valid.  More >

Latest FNI Research on Biodiversity Presented at CBD COP 11 in HyderabadLatest FNI Research on Biodiversity Presented at CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad
 (11.10.2012) At the ongoing 11th convention of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, FNI is presenting some of its latest research results on biodiversity policy and law. Keywords: World patent, teff, CGRFA and ABS.  More >

Olav Schram Stokke: Disaggregating International RegimesNew Book: Disaggregating International Regimes
 (10.10.2012) When and how are international regimes effective? In his new book with the prestigeous international publisher MIT Press, FNI Research Professor Olav Schram Stokke uses the Barents Sea fisheries as a case study in a new, theoretical approach to analysing international regime effectiveness.  More >

ArcticThe Arctic: An Energy and Climate Paradox
 (27.08.2012) In a study commissioned for the ONS Summit in Stavanger today, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) and DNV look at risks and responsible management of Arctic resource development.  More >

Asian countries and the ArcticAsian Countries' Interest in the Arctic: What Will It Mean for Norway?
 (06.07.2012) Will Asia's Arctic ascent affect Norway's ability to pursue its policies in the High North? A new, major research project looks into the Arctic policies of China, Japan, South Korea and India.  More >

Klimatilpasning: Hva betyr det for meg?Climate Change Adaptation: What Does It Mean for Me?
 (26.06.2012) What does it mean to adapt to a changing climate, as an individual, as part of an organization, as a municipality, nation or as a global citizen? A new book (in Norwegian), co-authored by FNI researcher Tor Håkon Inderberg, attempts to give some of the answers.  More (in Norwegian) >

Steinar Andresen- No Need for More Global Sustainability Conferences
 (19.06.2012) In a commentary article on the upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, FNI Research Professor Steinar Andresen and University of Oslo Professor Arild Underdal argue that this type of global mega-conferences is no longer useful. Read commentary article >

Science MagazineFundamental Steps Needed Now in Global Redesign of Earth System Governance
 (19.03.2012) In an article in Science magazine, 32 leading experts from around the world, including FNI Research Professor Steinar Andresen, argue for a fundamental overhaul of global environmental governance.  
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Geir Hønneland:Making Fishery Agreements WorkMaking Fishery Agreements Work
 (27.02.2012) Why do people obey the law? And why do states abide by their international commitments? These are among the questions raised in a new book by FNI Research Director Geir Hønneland.  More >

Geir Hønneland: Arktiske utfordringerGeir Hønneland Appointed Leader of Working Group on Marine Management
 (15.02.2012) FNI Research Director Geir Hønneland has been appointed leader of the marine management working group under Hav21 (Ocean21). Hav21 is the Norwegian government's initiative to develop a new, national strategy for marine research.  More (in Norwegian) >

Leiv LundeLeiv Lunde New FNI Director
 (06.02.2012) Leiv Lunde has today taken over as Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI).  
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Fridtjof Nansen InstituteFNI Norway's Most Productive Social Science Research Institute in 2010
 (19.01.2012) According to figures released by the Research Council of Norway this week, FNI produced more scientific output per researcher in 2010 than any other of Norway's 28 social science research institutes.  More >

Geir Hønneland: Arktiske utfordringerArctic Challenges
 (04.01.2012) The Arctic has heated up, in different ways. While the ice is gradually smelting, the region is the object of heated political discussion over who owns the Arctic Ocean and its natural resources. A new book by Geir Hønneland discusses the most important challenges in the Arctic.  More (in Norwegian) >

Elin Lerum BoassonElin Lerum Boasson obtains Ph.D. with Analysis of Norwegian Climate Policy
 (14.12.2011) FNI Senior Research Fellow Elin Lerum Boasson has today successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on the forces and processes behind the shaping of various aspects of Norwegian climate policy.  More >

Andresen, Boasson & Hønneland (eds): International Environmental AgreementsFNI Researchers Publish Comprehensive Analysis of International Environmental Agreements
 (05.12.2011) Why are some environmental problems dealt with successfully, while others are ignored? What makes for an efficient and effective international environmental agreement? These key questions are analysed in an ambitious new book written by 11 researchers from the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and published in the series Routledge Research in Environmental Politics.  More >

Peter Johan ScheiSchei Appointed Member of National Committee on Ecosystem Services in Norway
 (30.11.2011) FNI Director Peter Johan Schei has been appointed member of the Norwegian Government's expert committee on ecosystem services.  More (in Norwegian) >

FNI Climate Policy PerspectivesFNI Launches New Publication Series on Climate Policy
 (21.11.2011) Today FNI, in cooperation with the German Perspectives GmbH, launches its new briefing paper series on climate policy: FNI Climate Policy Perspectives.  More >

Plantemangfold i jordbruket og bønders rettigheter i NorgeReport on Plant Genetic Diversity and Farmers' Rights in Norway
 (18.11.2011) A new report by FNI Senior Research Fellow Regine Andersen looks at plant genetic diversity in Norwegian agriculture, with focus on farmers' rights as defined in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture  More (in Norwegian) >

Norwegian-Russian Trade Union Co-operation evaluatedNorwegian-Russian Trade Union Co-operation Evaluated
 (22.09.2011) A recent evaluation of Norwegian-Russian trade union co-operation projects finds the co-operation to be close and based on a principle of equality. It has led to stronger cross-border links, especially between Finnmark and Murmansk. However, mechanisms to integrate lessons learned into regular work have been too weak.  More >

Stimulating Sustainable Innovation in AquacultureStimulating Sustainable Innovation in Aquaculture
 (06.09.2011) This year's gene resource seminar at FNI focused on aquaculture and in particular on how the regulation of access to aquatic genetic resources affects innovation and sustainable breeding in the industry.  More >

Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei (ed): The World Ocean in Globalisation.New Major FNI Book on the World Ocean in Globalisation
 (29.08.2011) A recent volume edited by Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei examines core challenges for ocean governance, including climate change, sustainable fisheries, biodiversity, shipping, and regional issues.  More >

The AnthropoceneInternational Law for an Anthropocene Epoch
 (10.06.2011) Has human influence pushed the Earth System into a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene? If so, how can international law respond to the challenges that are likely to occur as a result of such a shift?  More >

Svein Vigeland RottemFNI Article Nominated to the Norwegian Peer Review Article of the Year Prize for 2010
 (01.06.2011) The article "Climate and Security in the Arctic" by FNI Senior Research Fellow Svein Vigeland Rottem has been nominated by editorial board of the International Politics journal as its candidate for the Norwegian Peer Review Article of the Year Prize for 2010.  More (in Norwegian) >

FMEFNI Key Partner in New National Centre for Environment-Friendly Energy Research
 (16.02.2011) Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP) is the name of one of three new national social science centres for environment-friendly energy research that were announced yesterday. FNI is a key partner in the centre, which is to enter into an 8-year financing agreement with the Research Council of Norway.  More >

Photo: JohnNyberg Norwegian Climate and Energy Politics: EU Knowledge Gives Influence
 (04.02.2011) 130 representatives from the Norwegian and Swedish energy sectors convened in Oslo yesterday to learn about and discuss how EU climate and energy policies are influencing the Norwegian energy sector and Norwegian-Swedish energy cooperation.  More (in Norwegian) >

Photo: Fulvio EccardiWho Decides over the Seeds?
 (22.12.2010) In many poor countries, a farmer's right to decide over his or her seeds may be a life insurance. This right is essential in order to preserve the world's diversity of species. An FNI-led project is looking closer at farmers' rights in this field. Poverty-fightling and biodiversity are key elements.  More (in Norwegian) >

Norwegian-Russian contacts in the High NorthRussian Svalbard Policies and Russian Civil Society
 (14.12.2010) Norwegian-Russian contacts and cooperation in the High North is a key research area for FNI, and at a seminar today, two examples of such contacts were discussed in detail: Russian policies on Svalbard and Norwegian support of Russian NGOs.  More (in Norwegian) >

Norsk genressursrettNorwegian Gene Resource Law
 (13.12.2010) At an FNI seminar today, legal scholar and FNI Senior Research Fellow Morten Walløe Tvedt launched his new book on Norwegian gene resource law. The book is Norway's first comprehensive presentation of legislation and regulations pertaining to genes, gene resources and biotechnology.  More (in Norwegian) >

NordområdebiblioteketHigh North Library Bookseries Launched
 (30.11.2010) At a well-visited launch seminar in Tromsø earlier this month, FNI Research Director Geir Hønneland presented the new High North Library bookseries which is to give research-based input to Norwegian policies towards the High North.  More (in Norwegian) >

Geir HønnelandThe High North Initiative: Knowledge is the Winner
 (26.11.2010) The Norwegian Government's choice of knowledge as the core of its High North initiative, is mainly about choosing the safest route. The force behind the initiative has, however, always been the prospects of petroleum development, thinks FNI's Research Director Geir Hønneland.  More (in Norwegian) >

Geir Hønneland: Borderland Russians: Identity, Narrative and International RelationsBorderland Russians
 (03.09.2010) A new book by FNI Research Director Geir Hønneland looks at the identity of Russians on the Kola Peninsula: Living in the high north, hailing from the south, and with Western neighbours within throwing distance across an increasingly permeable border.  More >

Olav Schram Stokke & Geir Hønneland (eds): International Cooperation and Arctic Governance: Regime Effectiveness and Northern Region BuildingFNI Book Examines the Impact of Certification Schemes on Environmental Governance
 (23.08.2010) A new book by FNI Senior Research Fellow Lars H. Gulbrandsen examines the effects of forestry and fisheries certification programs on environmental governance.  More >

Madagascar periwinkle (symbol for the ABS Research Project). Photo: Arria BelliGene rights: Latest developments in the ABS Negotiations and in the EPO
 (17.08.2010) An FNI seminar on gene rights today focused on the development of an international Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) regime for genetic resources, as well as on the latest developments on plant patenting in the European Patent Organisation (EPO).  More (in Norwegian) >

Photo: G. UlutuncokFNI Conducts Global Consultations on Farmers' Rights
 (07.07.2010) As part of its Farmers' Rights Project, FNI today starts a process of global consultations on how Farmers' Rights to genetic resources can be fully implemented.   More >

Morten Walløe TvedtAnalysis: Most Developing Countries Stand to Lose from a Worldwide Patent System
 (10.05.2010) A recently published analysis by FNI legal scholar Morten Walløe Tvedt finds that the probable effects of introducing a Worldwide Patent System are overwhelmingly negative for most Third World nations, with more adverse effect the less developed a country is.   More >

Øystein Jensen- Barents Sea Delimitation Agreement Important for Norway and the Arctic
 (30.04.2010) Norway and Russia having reached a delimitation agreement firmly based on international law is more important to Norway than not having the final line following Norway's original midline claim, says FNI Researcher and marine law expert Øystein Jensen.   More (in Norwegian) >

Davor Vidas (ed): Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation – IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution, Bioprospecting, Outer Continental ShelfNew FNI Book Examines Contemporary Challenges of Ocean Management
 (23.04.2010) A recent, major book edited by Davor Vidas examines the challenges facing the World Ocean as it enters a new epoch: The Anthropocene, dominated by the human impact.   More >

Hønneland & Rowe: Nordområdene - Hva nå?The High North – What Now?
 (08.04.2010) Is it time to stop all Norwegian aid to Russia? Are we witnessing the start of a race for offshore Arctic resources? Is Russia overfishing the most important common resource of the Barents Sea? These are some of the issues discussed in a new book in Norwegian from FNI: The High North – What Now?   More (in Norwegian) >

CANES: Climate change Altering Nordic Energy SystemsCANES at Energitinget: How is the Nordic energy sector influenced by EU policies?
 (26.03.2010) At this year's Energitinget, Sweden's largest energy fair, a presentation was organized by the FNI-led Norwegian-Swedish CANES project on how the Nordic energy sector is influenced by EU policies.   More (in Norwegian) >

Olav Schram StokkeOlav Schram Stokke Obtains Dr. philos. degree on International Regime Effectiveness, with Barents Sea Fisheries Case Study
 (19.03.2010) FNI Senior Research Fellow Olav Schram Stokke has today successfully defended his Dr. philos. dissertation, in which he used the Barents Sea fisheries as a case study in a new, theoretical approach to analysing international regime effectiveness.   More >

No "armed mad dash for resources" foreseen in the Arctic. Photo: Norwegian NavyNo "Armed Mad Dash for Resources" Foreseen in the Arctic
 (17.12.2009) With climate change making the Arctic gradually more accessible, some observers have suggested that interest in Arctic natural resources and disputed marine borders could take on a military aspect. A new FNI study refutes this view, finding that dispassionate diplomacy is a more likely and rational way of dispute resolution than military confrontation.   More >

Davor Vidas:  Hrvatsko-slovensko razgranicenje (Croatian-Slovenian Delimitation)New FNI Book on Maritime Delimitation Dispute in the Adriatic
 (01.09.2009) In a recently published book, FNI Senior Research Fellow Davor Vidas explains the legal and policy aspects of the Croatian-Slovenian maritime delimitation dispute. This dispute has been an open, and increasingly acute, problem for the relations between the two countries for the past 18 years.   More >

Marine biobanker og patenter i fiskeoppdrettssektorenMarine Biobanks and Aquaculture-related Patents
 (19.08.2009) What are the main legal questions related to marine biobanks, such as for instance Marbank in Tromsø? This was the topic of an FNI seminar held yesterday, where recent developments in patent rights related to aquaculture were also discussed.   More (in Norwegian) >

Russia and the NorthRussia and the North
 (06.08.2009) A new book co-authored by FNI researchers examines how Russia defines and addresses northern spaces, opportunities and challenges within its own borders and internationally.   More >

Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe. Retoric and Realities.Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe
 (23.07.2009) Do corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies really lead to positive impacts on society and the environment or is it just rhetoric? This is the topic of a new book co-authored by FNI researchers, where focus is on the situation in Europe.   More >

EUs satsning på fornybar energi: Muligheter og problemer?New EU Policies on Renewable Energy: Opportunities and Problems for Norway and the Nordic Countries?
 (17.06.2009) Norway, as well as its Nordic neighbours, will now have to implement the EU's new and ambitious package of climate and energy directives. What will the consequences of these new policies be on the development of renewable energy? This was the topic of an FNI seminar held today.   More (in Norwegian) >

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)Workshop on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)
 (05.06.2009) FNI today organized a workshop to highlight the most relevant experiences, preconditions and best practices regarding payment for ecosystem services (PES), and to provide operative suggestions to the Norwegian Government on Norwegian involvement in PES schemes that aim at sustaining forest ecosystem services for climate change mitigation.   More >

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)Side Event on Farmers' Rights at the 3rd Session of the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty
 (04.06.2009) Seed regulations around the world are increasingly posing barriers to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. This was one of the main conclusions of a side event on Farmers' Rights held by FNI and partners on 2 June.   More >

Lars H. GulbrandsenLars H. Gulbrandsen Obtains PhD Degree on Environmental Certification in the Forestry and Fisheries Sectors
 (01.04.2009) Lars H. Gulbrandsen has today successfully defended his PhD dissertation on how and to what extent voluntary certification schemes in the forestry and fisheries sectors contribute to sustainable resource management.   More >

Svein Vigealand RottemSvein Vigeland Rottem Obtains PhD Degree on Norway's Changing Defence Policies
 (20.03.2009) Svein Vigeland Rottem has today succesfully defended his PhD dissertation where he has analyzed the justifications of Norway's changing defence and security policies in the period 1999-2006.   More >

Photo: Erik EvenrudImplementing Farmers' Rights to Crop Genetic Resources in Norway
 (30.01.2009) Decision-makers, farmers and other stakeholders, a total of 60 participants, met at FNI on 28 January to discuss how farmers' rights under FAO's International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture can be implemented in Norway.   More (in Norwegian) >

Fra svarte skyer til helleristninger: Norsk-russisk miljøvernsamarbeid gjennom 20 år20 Years of Norwegian-Russian Environmental Cooperation
 (24.11.2008) In their new book, FNI researchers Geir Hønneland and Lars Rowe examine the first 20 years of cooperation within the Joint Norwegian-Russian Environmental Commission. The authors find that the Commission has achieved important environmental goals, and that it has had an positive role for bilateral, political relations between the two countries in general.   More (in Norwegian) >

Internasjonal MiljøpolitikkNorway's First Textbook on International Environmental Politics
 (23.10.2008) Norway's first textbook on international environmental politics is launched this week, written by 11 FNI researchers.   More (in Norwegian) >

Regine Andersen (2008): Governing Agrobiodiversity: Plant Genetics and Developing CountriesNew Book on International Regimes and the Management of Crop Genetic Resources
 (09.09.2008) Plant genetic diversity is crucial for food security and for fighting poverty. Nevertheless, crop plant varieties are disappearing fast, and access to genetic resources is increasingly restricted by commercial interests. A new book analyzes how international agreements affect the management of crop genetic resources in developing countries, revealing that the interaction of the agreements has produced largely negative impacts. The book highlights entry points to shape a better governance of agrobiodiversity.   More >

The World Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions. International  conference, Oslo, 21-23 August 2008. Photo: ZelaInternational Conference on Globalization and Challenges for Oceans and Marine Regions in Oslo 21-23 August
 (19.08.2008) Leading world experts on marine affairs and the law of the sea from all continents will meet in Oslo 21-23 August to discuss new developments and challenges for contemporary governance of the oceans caused by globalization.  More >

Photo: G. UlutuncokResource Website on Farmers' Rights Launched
 (22.05.2008) FNI today launched "Farmers' Rights – Resource Pages for Decision-Makers and Practicioners", a large, comprehensive website presenting research results from FNI's Farmers' Rights Project, as well as background information, relevant legislation, and many other resources for decision-makers, practitioners, and others involved in the realization of Farmers' Rights to crop genetic resources.  Go to website >

PolhøgdaFNI 50 Years Today – But Celebrations Are Later
 (12.05.2008) On 12 May 1958, it was decided to create an independent foundation to manage the Polhøgda property and to conduct research in fields close to Fridtjof Nansen's heart. The foundation was named the Fridtjof Nansen Foundation at Polhøgda, now better known as the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI).
 "Since today is a holiday in Norway and as Polhøgda this spring is a construction site, we will have our 50th anniversary celebrations in August, with various scientific and social events," says FNI Director Peter Johan Schei.  More (in Norwegian) >

EU emissions trading schemeUnderstanding the Fascinating Development of the EU ETS
 (13.03.2008) A new FNI book digs deep to find out why the EU changed its position from leading skeptic to leading proponent of greenhouse gas emissions trading, how it managed so rapidly to establish the world's first international emissions trading scheme (ETS), and what its consequences so far are.  More >

Norway's New Politics in the High North New Book on Norway's High North Politics
 (18.12.2007) FNI researchers Geir Hønneland and Leif Christian Jensen today publish an introductury book on Norway's new High North politics. The book gives an analytical and structured overview of the processes which, in only a few years, have taken the High North to the top of Norway's foreign policy agenda.  More (in Norwegian) >

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)FNI Research Helps Put Farmers' Rights on the Agenda
 (19.11.2007) On 1 November the Governing Body (GB) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) decided to collect views and experiences on Farmers' Rights implementation, with the view to promote their realization. FNI research provided much of the basis for and input to the process that led to the decision.  More >

Protecting the Adriatic SeaProtecting the Adriatic Sea
 (26.10.2007) A new book by FNI Senior Research Fellow Davor Vidas takes a comprehensive look at the key legal issues facing Croatia in the Adriatic Sea.  More >

Environmental management and civil society in ArmeniaImproving Environmental Management in Armenia
 (26.09.2007) In cooperation with Armenian authorities and organizations, FNI on 18-21 September organized a seminar on international environmental obligations, domestic implementation and public participation in Armenia. It was the second seminar FNI co-hosted with the Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection.  More >

BP, Azerbaijan and CSRBP Addresses Macro-level CSR Challenges in Azerbaijan
 (20.06.2007) In Azerbaijan, BP has managed to promote oil revenue transparency and runs investment programmes for community and regional development that could provide models for extractive industries around the world. These are some of the conclusions of an independent study carried out by Fridtjof Nansen Institute researchers.  More >

EPO logoShould Norway Join the European Patent Office (EPO)?
 (10.05.2007) In an open parliamentary hearing, FNI researchers Morten Walløe Tvedt and Magnus Finckenhagen asked why the Norwegian Government wants membership in the European Patent Office (EPO). They said the Government has not demonstrated why this would be an advantage for Norway, nor has it sufficiently discussed negative consequences. Read their statement (in Norwegian) >

Arctic shippingArctic Shipping: Transit Still Far off, but Legal Regime Needs Strengthening
 (13.04.2007) Shipping in the Arctic will increase rapidly due to climate change, but large-scale transit operations are still far off. The current legal regime for Arctic shipping is to some extent inadequate to accommodate developments. These were the main conclusions from a seminar FNI organized this week on the prospects for Arctic shipping. More >

Regine AndersenRegine Andersen Obtains Doctoral Degree on Management of Plant Genetic Resources in Agriculture
 (23.02.2007) Regine Andersen has today successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on the effects of international regimes on the management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in developing countries. More >

RusslandsbilderFNI Publishes New Images of Russia
 (21.02.2007) Fagbokforlaget has published a new anthology on the general political development in Russia, and on Norwegian-Russian relations in the High North, focusing on fishery and jurisdiction in the Barents Sea, energy, health and the environment. The anthology contains 25 commentary articles, all in Norwegian, and all written by FNI researchers. More (in Norwegian)>

RAREModerne Russisk PolitikFNI Report Makes EU Headlines
 (12.02.2007) Today's top story on DG Research's 'European Research Headlines' was the recently published FNI Report 'CSR in the European Oil Sector. A Mapping of Company Perceptions', written by Elin Lerum Boasson, Jørgen Wettestad and Maria Bohn.  Read the article >

RAREEuropean Oil Companies: 'Climate Change is CSR Job No. 1'
 (18.01.2007) A recently published survey of oil companies operating in Europe finds their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies improving and relatively advanced, with climate change mitigation now being seen by the companies as the foremost strategic issue.  More >

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteFNI Book Evaluates International Arctic Cooperation
 (02.01.2007) A new book edited by FNI researchers Olav Schram Stokke and Geir Hønneland and published by Routledge, assesses the impact of international Arctic cooperation.  More >

EU seminar at FNI, 16 November 2006Seminar Discusses EU Influence on Norway's Energy Sector
 (17.11.2006) On 16 November, FNI organized a seminar to discuss how the Norwegian energy sector is influenced by EU energy and climate policies. Speakers included representatives from the European Commission, Norwegian regulators and the industry itself. Results of relevant FNI research were also presented. More >

Geir Hønneland: Kvotekamp og kyststatssolidaritet: Norsk-russisk fiskeriforvaltning gjennom 30 år30 Years of Successful Norwegian-Russian Fishery Management
 (30.10.2006) FNI Research Director Geir Hønneland has written the 30-year history of the the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission. The book is launched at the Commission's meeting in Tromsø today. "The Commission has been largely succesful in managing the Barents Sea stocks," Hønneland says.  More (in Norwegian)>

The Adriatic SeaFNI Hosts Seminar om Norwegian Environmental Policies for Asia
 (11.09.2006) On behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FNI will on 20 September host an open seminar to discuss environmental problems and environmental management in Asia, and possible Norwegian contributions to improving these. Download program here (in Norwegian)>

PolhogdaFNI Organizes Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights to Genetic Resources
 (12.07.2006) On 16 August, FNI will organize an open seminar (in Norwegian) to discuss recent developments regarding intellectual property rights to genetic resources. The seminar will discuss the legal framework for patenting genes and also look closer at three concrete topics: marine genetic resources, agricultural genetic resources and Antarctic bioprospecting. Download programme (PDF, in Norwegian) >

The Adriatic SeaFNI Launches Major Project on Adriatic Sea Issues
 (30.06.2006) FNI today launched a four-year project on the changing legal and policy framework for marine environment protection and resource management in the Adriatic Sea. The project is a collaboration between FNI and leading academic and research institutions in Croatia. More >

Farmers' Rights projectFarmers as Custodians of Plant Genetic Resources: Need for Legal Space
 (23.06.2006) Farmers are the custodians of agrobiodiversity worldwide, crucial for food security and poverty alleviation. However, the legal space for farmers to maintain this role is rapidly decreasing due to the proliferation of various forms of rules and regulations. This is documented in the FNI-led Farmers' Rights Project. Project results were presented during a recent FAO meeting, and may have contributed to a small breakthrough in the work towards realisation of Farmers' Rights. More >

Farmers' Rights projectFNI Organizes Side Event on Farmers' Rights at FAO meeting
 (07.06.2006) At the first session of the Governing Body of FAO's International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in Madrid 12-16 June, FNI is to organize an official side event on farmers' rights related to agro-biodiversity. More >

Moderne russisk politikkFNI Publishes Textbook on Contemporary Russian Politics
 (30.05.2006) Fagbokforlaget today publishes a textbook in Norwegian on contemporary Russian politics, written by FNI researchers Geir Hønneland and Jørgen H. Jørgensen. The book surveys the political system and bureaucratic apparatus of the Russian Federation, focusing on the similarities and differences between Norway and Russia: For example, has the government in Russia the same political influence as that in Norway? Is a Russian 'governor' the same as county governor in Norway? More (in Norwegian) >

Lars H. GulbrandsenFNI Explores International Policies to Control Illegal Logging
 (07.04.2006) In a report handed over today to the Norwegian Minister of the Environment, Helen Bjørnøy, Fridtjof Nansen Institute researcher Lars H. Gulbrandsen explores international initiatives and options for Norway on combating illegal and unsustainable logging of timber. More>
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