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Farmers' Rights Project website

FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics.

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteWithin this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:
   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books

Inderberg et al.; Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices Inderberg, Tor Håkon, Siri Eriksen, Karen O'Brien og Linda Sygna (eds)
Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Changing Paradigms and Practices
London, Routledge, 2015, 295 p.
Øystein Jensen: The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy Øystein Jensen
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy
Leiden/Boston, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, 316 p.
Geir Hønneland: Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity Geir Hønneland
Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity
Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 132 p.

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 Latest other research publications

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Jon Birger Skjærseth, Implementing the EU 2020 Climate and Energy Package in the Netherlands: Mixed Instruments, Mixed Results. FNI Report 10/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 46 p.

Winge, Tone, 'Linking access and benefit-sharing for crop genetic resources to climate change adaptation', Plant Genetic Resources, Online 15.12.2014. DOI: 10.1017/S1479262114001038, 17 p.

Boasson, Elin Lerum and Jørgen Wettestad, 'Policy invention and entrepreneurship: Bankrolling the burying of carbon in the EU'. Global Environmental Change, Vol 29, 2014, pp. 404-412.

Rosendal, Kristin and Steinar Andresen, 'Realizing Access and Benefit Sharing from Use of Genetic Resources Between Diverging International Regimes: The Scope for Leadership'. International Environmental Agreements, Online 09.12.2014. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-014-9271-4, 2014, 18 p.

Myhrvold, Andreas Røise, Power to Protect? Participation in Decentralized Conservation Management. The Case of Kangchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal FNI Report 16/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 98 p.

Gjeset, Emil, Between Fragmentation and Harmony. The Political Economy of Shale Gas in China. FNI Report 15/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 53 p.

Wettestad, Jørgen, Do New EU Agencies Mean Decreased National Powers? The Case of Chemicals and Norway. FNI Report 14/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 17 p.

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 Latest commentary articles

Jevnaker, Torbjørg, 'Klimatåke, ikke klimamål' ('Climate Fog, not Climate Targets'), Dagens Næringsliv, 08.12.2014. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Kjøligere samarbeid?' ('Cooler Norwegian-Russian Cooperation'?), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 05.12.2014. In Norwegian.

Jevnaker, Torbjørg, Jørgen Wettestad and Tor Håkon Inderberg, 'Klimalov bør utredes grundig – en kjapp høring holder ikke' ('A Climate Law Should Be Carefuly Considered – a Quick Hearing Is Not Enough'), Energi og Klima, 28.11.2014. In Norwegian.

Moe, Arild, 'L’Arctique est sur l’agenda de la Chine, mais parmi de nombreux autres sujets' ('The Arctic is on China's Agenda, but One Amongst Many'), l'Humanité, 28.11.2014. In French.

Inderberg, Tor Håkon, Torbjørg Jevnaker and Jørgen Wettestad, 'Gir klimalov bedre politikk?' ('Will a Climate Law Lead to Better Policies?'), Dagens Næringsliv, 09.11.2014. In Norwegian.

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'Rask innstramming av EUs kvotesystem?' ('Rapid Tightening of the EU Emissions Trading System?'), Energi & Klima, 04.11.2014. In Norwegian.

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 Latest FNI News 

Redd+ in IndiaCan REDD+ Both Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Safeguard Biodiversity?: Lessons from India
 (20.11.2014) Internationally, India has supported expanding the scope of REDD+ from climate change to also include wider concerns such as biodiversity. Domestically, the country has not come far in implementing such policies. Furthermore, when it comes to shaping the details of REDD+, India is faced with difficult dilemmas in balancing climate change mitigation with biodiversity.  More >

BarentsKultThe BarentsKult Funding Mechanism: A Success
 (30.10.2014) The BarentsKult funding mechanism has helped enhance the professional standards of art companies, theatres and festivals in Northern Norway. It has also contributed to the creation of innovative art projects and cross-border networks between Norwegian and Russian artists.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'– Nordleg sjørute ingen ny Suezkanal' ('– The Northern Sea Route Is No New Suez Canal'), BarentsWatch, 16.12.2014. In Norwegian.

'Gruvekutt rokker ikke ved maktbalansen på Svalbard' ('Mine Cut will not Change Svalbard Power Balance'), E24, 26.11.2014. In Norwegian.

'Kina trånar efter norsk polarolja' ('China Yearns for Norwegian Polar Oil'),, 14.11.2014. In Swedish.

'Norway Embraces Chinese Cash in Race for Arctic Oil Riches', Bloomberg Businessweek, 13.112014.

'Protecting Ethiopia’s bio-diversity resources', The Ethiopian Herald, 12.11.2014.

'Rapportkonklusjon: BarentsKult en suksess' ('Report Concludes that BarentsKult Is a Success'), Barents Secretariat News, 31.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'Verdens største gasselskap snuser på norsk sokkel' ('World's Largest Gas Company Interested in the Norwegian Continental Shelf'),, 30.10.2014. In Norwegian.

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 FNI is located at Polhøgda, outside Oslo, Norway. Polhøgda was the home of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his death in 1930. His grave is in the garden in front of the manor.

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