Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

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Norwegian Institute for Natural Research
Norsk institutt for naturforskning
FormationSeptember 1, 1988; 33 years ago (1988-09-01)
Founded atNorway
Registration no.950 037 687
PurposeTo be a national and international competence center within applied ecology and natural research
ServicesResearch, environmental monitoring, consultancy and impact assessments
Norunn S. Myklebust
Staff (2013)

The Norwegian Institute for Natural Research Foundation (Norwegian: Norsk institutt for naturforskning, NINA) is a Norwegian foundation, established in 1988, which researches nature and the interaction between nature and society.

NINA's primary activity is to conduct applied research. The foundation has both biologists and social scientists. Important areas of work for NINA are biological diversity, renewable energy, predatory mammals, aquaculture, environmental databases, use and management of natural resources, impact assessments, ecological effects of climate change and economic effects of nature use.

NINA is headquartered at Gløshaugen in Trondheim, and has branch offices in Bergen, Lillehammer, Oslo and Tromsø, and NINA also has a research station at Trondheim, Ims and Rogaland. In total, NINA has 255 employees (2017).

NINA was formed in 1988 by a merger of the research department at Directorate for Nature Management and Økoforsk (Program for applied ecological research), which had been founded in 1983 and subordinated to Ministry of Climate and Environment (Norway).

NINA is part of Framsenteret [no], CEDREN [no], CIENS [no] and Alternet.

NINA's services[edit]

The services provided by the department include:

  • Research and study
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Advice and evaluation
  • Dialogue and dissemination

The most important theme and activity areas are:

  • Land use and landscape analyzes
  • Business and social development based on natural resources
  • Management of biological resources
  • Harvesting and sustainable use of fish and game stocks
  • Analyzes of conflicts between human activity and natural plant and animal populations
  • Environmental consequences of human activity and encroachment on nature
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Monitoring and analysis of time series regarding changes in nature
  • Development and operation of environmental databases
  • Monitoring of red list species and conservation of biological diversity

<! - 1965: Office for game management, hunting and trapping (at the Ministry of Agriculture) + Inspector for freshwater fishing (below?) -> Directorate for hunting, game management and freshwater fishing (under the Ministry of Agriculture) 1983/84: Organic research (= Program for applied organic research; under MD?) 1985: DN 1988: DN's research department + Økoforsk -> NINA 1994–2002: NINA-NIKU ->

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