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The ocean is an important topic for Norway. Through the Nansen and MAREANO programme, we are committed to provide knowledge about "Blue Growth", and help develop marine resources.
“Over the last two decades, a number of new commitments to conservation and use of the marine environment have emerged. The commitments include the identification of Vulnerable Marine Areas (VMAs), the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and the establishment of marine management plans grounded in ecosystem approach to management. A recent development is the notion of “Blue Economy” and “Blue Growth” focusing on ocean’s opportunities for economic development. Many countries are planning big investments in this regard.
Extensive knowledge of the marine environment and substantial efforts in data collection and analysis are required as basis for management measures and investment decisions. Through the Nansen and MAREANO programs, Norway has shown great commitment in providing knowledge for “Blue Growth”.
This seminar will present how Norwegian marine science is contributing to the implementation of global commitments for a sustainable blue growth. Norwegian experts will present Nansen and MAREANO programs and will discuss their applicability in various settings.” Quote from the seminar program.
A presentation was held by Dr. Erlend Moksness, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research; Dr. Terje Thorsnes, the Geological Survey of Norway; Hanne Hodnesdal, the Norwegian Mapping Authority Hydrographic Service.
The panelist, from the left: Kari Strande(Director General in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization in Norway), Dr. Erlend Moksness from the Institute of Marine Research, Dr. Terje Thorsnes from the Geological Survey of Norway, Hanne Hodnesdal from the Norwegian Hydrographic Service and Dr. Gabriella Bianchi from the Institute of Marine Research (Bergen, Norway). Photo: Norwegian Embassy in Washington