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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 six focal points:
   Global governance and sustainable development
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and biosafety
   Polar and Russian politics
   European energy and environmental politics
   Chinese energy and environmental politics

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FNI publications

Latest books

Øystein Jensen: Noreg og havets folkerett Øystein Jensen
Noreg og havets folkerett ('Norway and the Law of the Sea')
Trondheim, Akademika, 2014, 169 p. In Norwegian.
Geir Hønneland: The Politics of the Arctic Geir Hønneland (ed)
The Politics of the Arctic
Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2013, 722 p.
Geir Hønneland: Hvordan skal Putin ta Barentshavet tilbake? Geir Hønneland
Hvordan skal Putin ta Barentshavet tilbake?
('How Shall Putin Take the Barents Sea Back?')
Trondheim, Akademika, 2013, 152 p. In Norwegian.

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 Latest other research publications

Kokorin, Alexey and Anna Korppoo, Russia’s Greenhouse Gas Target 2020: Projections, Trends and Risks. Berlin, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2014, 17 p.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'The Times They Are A- Changin’: Norsk sikkerhet og usikkerhet i nordområdene' ('The Times They Are A-Changin': Norwegian Security and Insecurity in the High North'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 72, No 1, 2014, pp. 7-29. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'The High North Represents the Potential, the Optimism, the Tensions and the Bridge'. Barents Studies, Vol 1, No 1, 2014, pp. 128-131.

Prip, Christian, G. Kristin Rosendal, Steinar Andresen and Morten Walløe Tvedt, The Australian ABS Framework: A Model Case for Bioprospecting?. FNI Report 1/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 42 p.

Rosendal, G. Kristin, 'Global Biodiversity Governance: Genetic Resources, Species, and Ecosystems'. In R.S. Axelrod and S.D. VanDeveer (eds), The Global Environment. Institutions, Law, and Policy. Los Angeles, Sage, 2014, pp. 283-304.

Andresen, Steinar, 'Exclusive Approaches to Climate Governance: More Effective than the UNFCCC?'. In Cherry, T.L., J. Hovi and D.M. McEvoy (eds), Toward a New Climate Agreement: Conflict, Resolution and Governance. London, Routledge, 2014, pp. 167-181.

Wettestad, Jørgen and Torbjørg Jevnaker, 'The EU's Quest for Linked Carbon Markets: Turbulence and Headwind'. In Cherry, T.L., J. Hovi and D.M. McEvoy (eds), Toward a New Climate Agreement: Conflict, Resolution and Governance. London, Routledge, 2014, pp. 266-279.

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 Latest commentary articles

Eikeland, Per Ove and Arild Moe (interview), 'I skjebnefellesskap med Russland' ('The Ukrainian Crisis and Gas: Norway Shares Fate with Russia'), Energi og Klima, 11.04.2014. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Ny murring i Svalbardsonen' ('New Grumblings in the Svalbard Zone'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 21.03.2014. In Norwegian.

Stensdal, Iselin, 'Kan Kinas «krig mot forurensning» lykkes?' ('Can China's 'war on pollution' succeed?'), Energi og Klima, 14.03.2014. In Norwegian.

Boasson, Elin Lerum og Jørgen Wettestad, 'Europaparlamentet som klimajoker' ('The European Parliament as a Climate Policy Joker'), Energi og Klima, 07.03.2014. In Norwegian.

Jevnaker, Torbjørg, 'EU-regler for kabeldrift nærmer seg' ('EU Regulations for Operating Electricity Networks on the Way'), Energi og Klima, 05.02.2014. In Norwegian.

Wettestad, Jørgen, 'Klimakvoter på vent' ('Emissions Trading Allowances on Hold'), Dagens Næringsliv, 28.01.2014. In Norwegian.

Boasson, Elin Lerum og Jørgen Wettestad, 'EUs nye klimapolitikk: boksekampen har begynt' (The EU's New Climate Policies: The Fight is On', Dagens Næringsliv, 23.01.2014. In Norwegian.

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 Latest FNI News 

Lars H. GulbrandsenNew Article Identifies Public-Private Interaction Mechanisms in Non-state Certification Programs
 (17.03.2014) A new article by FNI Research Professor Lars H. Gulbrandsen analyzes public-private governance interactions in the forestry and fisheries sectors, with particular focus on the effects of state responses to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).  More >

EmissionsKLIMAFORSK Announcement Means Strong Boost to FNI Climate Research
 (11.03.2014) Last week's round of allocations from the Research Council of Norway's new KLIMAFORSK programme signifies a considerable further strengthening of FNI climate research. Three out of the 23 projects to be funded are coordinated by FNI.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'Who Owns the North Pole? Debate Heats Up as Climate Change Transforms Arctic', Bloomberg, 04.04.2014.

'Hillary warns against Russia in Arctic', Barents Observer, 03.04.2014.

'Observations on Norway: Small State, Arctic and Maritime Great Power? The Relationship between Norway and the EU in the High North', Bulletin of International Studies on the Polar Regions, 25.03.2014.

'«Jeg må vel droppe ferien min i Sibir»' ('«I Guess I'll Have to Cancel my Siberian Vacation»'), Nettavisen, 21.03.2014. In Norwegian.

'Krim-krise kan fryse norsk-russisk samarbeid' ('The Crimea Crisis May Freeze Norwegian-Russian Cooperation'), Dagsavisen, 20.03.2014. In Norwegian.

'Ukraine’s impact on Arctic gas development', Alaska Dispatch, 19.03.2014.

'Fish trader fears 20 years of hard work could be ruined', Barents Observer, 17.03.3014.

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Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson and Geir Hønneland (eds): International Environmental Agreements: An Introduction
 FNI seeks Master's students
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