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Managing Protected Areas in a Time of Internationalization

This project:

1) addresses decentralized management regimes for Norwegian national parks and protected landscapes in order to identify preconditions for ensuring an appropriate balance between local and international interests. Our focus is on protected areas that are of particular relevance to mountainous areas and landscape protection. Comparative studies of Norway-Canada and Norway-Sweden are being carried out as part of the project.

2) focuses on new measures introduced by the Norwegian Nature Diversity Act, in particular chapter II on general principles for sustainable use, §§ 23-25 on priority species, § 40 on international status for protected areas, chapter VI on selected habitat types and § 62 on delegation of authority under the Act, as well as the increased focus on management plans and plans for management measures.

3) looks at challenges regarding domestic implementation of international obligations related to establishment of networks of protected areas, and thus contribute to development of international policy to preserve biodiversity.

Project leader: Ole Kristian Fauchald

Project period: 2011-2016


Auld, Graeme and Lars H. Gulbrandsen, 'Diversifying Nature Protection: Evaluating the Changing Tools for Forest Protection in Canada and Norway'. Review of Policy Research, Vol 32, No 6, 2015, pp. 699-722

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Ole Kristian Fauchald, 'Assessing the New York Declaration on Forests from a trade perspective'. BIORES, Vol 9, No 4, 2015, pp. 4-7.

Myhrvold, Andreas Røise, Power to Protect? Participation in Decentralized Conservation Management. The Case of Kangchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal FNI Report 16/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 98 p.

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.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, Lars H. Gulbrandsen and Anna Zachrisson, 'Internationalization of Protected Areas in Norway and Sweden: Examining Pathways of Influence in Similar Countries'. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management, available online 11.07.2014.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Jus eller politikk? Reform av norsk verneområdeforvaltning' ('Law or Policy? Reform of Norwegian Protected Area Management'). In L. Gipperth and C. Zetterberg (eds), Miljörättliga perspektiv och tankevändor. Vänbok till Jan Darpö & Gabriel Michanek. Uppsala, Iustus förlag, 2013, pp. 237-252.

Løchen, Liz-Helen, 'Norges første marine nasjonalpark – gir den det ønskede vern?' ('Norway's First Marine National Park - Does It Provide the Desired Protection?'). Nordisk Miljörättslig Tidskrift, No 1, 2013, pp. 71-86. In Norwegian.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian and Lars H. Gulbrandsen, 'The Norwegian Reform of Protected Area Management: A Grand Experiment with Delegation of Authority?' Local Environment, Vol 17, No 2, 2012, pp. 203-222.

Gulbrandsen, Lars H., 'Dynamic Governance Interactions: Evolutionary Effects of State Responses to Non-State Certification Programs'. Regulation & Governance, published online 20.12.2012.
 Related focal points of research:

   Biodiversity and genetic resources

Project funding:

   Research Council of Norway, Environment2015 Programme

 External cooperation partners:

   Carleton University (Canada)
   Umeå University (Sweden)


Polhøgdaseminar om verneområder
FNI, 28.11.2014

 Recent relevant FNI News

New Article Identifies Public-Private Interaction Mechanisms in Non-state Certification Programs (17.03.2014)

Norway's Protected Areas: Failing to Conserve Threatened Environments (26.04.2013)

 Media coverage

'Setting the New Standard: Transparency Matters', President's Blog, Wildlife Habitat Council, 28.04.2015.

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