• FNI contributes to breakthrough in negotiations under the Plant Treaty

    Photo: Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty/FAO

    A breakthrough was achieved at the 7th Session of the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty, held between 30 October and 3 November. After 10 years of negotiations, an expert group was set up to develop options to encourage and guide the implementation of farmers’ rights related to seed and propagating material. FNI contributed substantially to the breakthrough.

  • Can the EU transform Norwegian climate policies?

    Photo: The European Union 2017.

    The Norwegian climate change whitepaper currently being discussed in the Storting details a strategy for achieving the 2030 emission targets set by the EU, and establishes a framework for closer cooperation with the Union. But what does this mean for Norway?

  • Science and business in the limelight

    Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo: Andreas Tille.

    The impact of science and business in Arctic environmental politics is an important but understudied field. Fortunately, NUPI and FNI recently presented the first findings of a joint project addressing this puzzle.

  • High-ranking Shanghai delegation at FNI

    Photo: FNI

    With the shared goal of reducing carbon emissions, a delegation from Shanghai and Norwegian experts recently met for a climate and energy roundtable at FNI.

  • Can teamwork yield better crops?

    Photo: Staur gård

    Practicing participatory approaches to plant breeding can help bring about promising new crops for food production - and thus help meet farmers’ and consumers’ needs at the same time.

  • FNI hosts expert network on biodiversity

    Bø in Vesterålen, Norway. Photo: Peter Prokosch, Grid Arendal

    With the expiry date of the UN 2020 targets on biodiversity approaching, social scientists and policy-makers are joining forces in a new network in which FNI is centrally involved.

  • Impressive string of new Arctic books

    Arctic books from FNI

    A whole series of FNI books, all dealing with Arctic issues, will be published this autumn– a strong testimony to FNI’s academic rigour and cutting-edge research within the field, according to our UK publisher.

  • Top position once again for FNI

    FNI tops publication ranking. Photo: Jan D. Sørensen

    Once again, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) ranks as the number one most publishing independent research institute in Norway.

  • FNI with strong presence in GEP Special Issue on ETS

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    The most recent issue of the Global Environmental Politics (GEP) journal focuses on the design and diffusion of greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (ETS). Several of the articles are outcomes of FNI's ETS Diffusion project.

  • FNI nominated for think tank awards

    British Parliament. Photo: Foap

    The Fridtjof Nansen Institute has - once again - been nominated as best European think tank of the year. This year, the institute is nominated in not only one, but in two separate research categories: energy and environment, and international affairs.

  • Join FNI in Arendal this summer

    Photo: Arendalsuka

    FNI will be hosting two events during Arendalsuka in August: One on the 'Duel of Giants', i.e. the role of the EU and China in international climate politics, and one on 'the Blue Battle', Norway's new marine conflicts related to climate change.

  • Partial victory for FNI researcher in environmental case against Norway


    Professor of law and FNI researcher Ole Kristian Fauchald appealed to a higher court after his request for access to documents was rejected by the Norwegian government. An international committee has now reviewed the case – and offers serious criticism of the government’s handling of the matter.

  • A call for Nordic-Asian cooperation

    The Shanghai Forum 2017

    Geographical and cultural distances aside, Northeast Asia and the Nordic countries have a lot to learn from each other, says former diplomat and FNI Associate Fellow, Arne Walther.


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