Climate Change and the Environment

In the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard Norway is establising the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.  It is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections around the globe. If seeds are lost, e.g. as a result of natural disasters, war or simply a lack of resources, the seed collections may be reestablished using seeds from Svalbard. Read more

Norway and the EU are joining forces to boost investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in developing countries. Read more

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Somare and Norway’s Prime Minister Stoltenberg met in Oslo Thursday. The two prime ministers talked about the importance of fighting deforestation and on the need for developing and developed countries to cooperate to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

In the years before 2015, Norway will contribute up to 1 billion US dollar to reduce deforestation in the Amazon. The size of Norway’s contribution will depend on how successful Brazil will be in reducing deforestation. This makes Norway the first contributor to the Amazon Fund. Read more

Tropical forested countries are stepping up the fight to combat climate change via a pioneering new initiative called the UN-REDD Programme announced today. Read more