• Areas without major infrastructure development

    Areas without major infrastructure development

    Many people still think of Norway as a country with wide expanses of more or less undisturbed countryside. However, more intensive use of natural resources is putting growing pressure on these areas

  • Fisheries


    Fisheries have major impacts on marine ecosystems. They are therefore strictly regulated to ensure that future generations will also be able to eat fish from Norway’s seas.  

  • Hazardous waste

    Hazardous waste

    In the last 10 years the amount of hazardous waste handled according to approved treatment procedures has increased from 500 000 tonnes to over 1 million tonnes.

  • Barents Sea–Lofoten area

    Barents Sea–Lofoten area

    The Barents Sea is one of the world’s most productive sea areas, supporting varied benthic communities and large populations of fish, seabirds and marine mammals. It is still clean and rich in resources, but is under pressure from human activity.  

  • Polar bear

    Polar bear

    Polar bears are found throughout the Arctic. They hunt mainly from the sea ice, and have difficulty finding enough food when there is no ice cover. Climate change and pollution are the most serious threats to polar bears.

  • Invasive alien species

    Invasive alien species

    The spread of invasive alien species can have negative impacts on the environment, the health of people, animals and plants, and the economy. Norway's strategy is to avoid the unintentional introduction of non-native species and to contain and...  

  • Arctic fox, mainland Norway

    Arctic fox, mainland Norway

    The Arctic fox is one of the most seriously endangered mammals in Norway. A twenty-year decline in the mainland population appears to have been reversed with the success of  a captive breeding programme.  

  • Waste


    In Norway waste volumes have increased by almost 40 per cent since 1995. As much as 87 per cent of the non-hazardous waste is recovered, and 95 per cent of the hazardous waste is collected. Proper treatment of hazardous waste is particularly...  

  • Stave churches

    Stave churches

    The stave churches constitute a particularly valuable part of the Norwegian architectural heritage, and are considered to be of global as well as national importance. Their construction and richly decorated carvings show some of the finest...  

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