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Outdoor recreation areas with approved management plans

Target

3.1 Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in outdoor recreation as a healthy and environmentally sound leisure activity that provides a sense of well-being both in their local communities and further afield in the countryside.

Indicator

Percentage of outdoor recreation areas designated with financial assistance from the state for which management plans have been drawn up

Are we moving in the right direction? Published by the Norwegian Environment Agency

Norway has a scheme under which areas can be set aside for outdoor recreation with financial assistance from the state (either through purchase or under long-term agreements). At the end of 2014, management plans had been drawn up for about 50 % of these areas. The plans focus particularly on arrangements for public access and any facilities that are needed. There were 959 management plans in all, an increase of 110 since the end of 2013.

In all, 61 % of the municipalities where areas have been set aside for outdoor recreation in this way had approved management plans by the end of 2014. There is still considerable variation between counties. The proportion of municipalities that have approved management plans is highest in the counties Troms, Møre og Romsdal, Hordaland, Rogaland, Vest-Agder, Telemark, Buskerud and Østfold.