• A silk road on ice?

    FNI researcher Iselin Stensdal

    As the sea ice melts and the Arctic is opened to the exploration of resources and new transport routes, China is showing increased interest in the region.

  • The Evolution of Carbon Markets: Design and Diffusion


    Carbon markets are developing and expanding around the world, but how and to what extent is their design shaped by learning and interaction between them? How do these markets function, and what is the role of design?

  • FNI researcher selected for IPCC

    FNI researcher Jørgen Wettestad has been selected to participate as a Lead Author for the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

  • Central Arctic Ocean fisheries: A complex reality

    FNI director Geir Hønneland recently took part in a symposium about international law and politics in the Arctic, organized by the Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) at Kobe University in Japan.

  • Mercury on the agenda!

    A meeting was held between the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and NIVA for the research project ‘Managing mercury through multilevel governance: Norway and China’ (MERCHINOR), funded by the Research Council of Norway. Other key partners (not present) are Peking University and Tsinghua University.

  • Expanding aquaculture at the expense of wild salmon?

    Photo: Norsk Havbrukssenter

    Aimed at regulating growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry, the Government’s new ‘traffic light’ system entered into force on 30 October. But are the standards sufficiently stringent to ensure environmentally sound salmon farming?

  • 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.


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