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Norwegian Environment Agency

Country: Norway

The Norwegian Environment Agency is donor programme partner in environmental related programmes in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

 

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Contact person Mr Trygve Hallingstad
E-mail trygve.hallingstad@miljodir.no
Telephone +47 73 58 05 00 / +47 416 30 323
Website in English  

About the programme area - Integrated Marine and Inland Water Management

Implementing sustainable marine and inland water management is a key environmental challenge linked to biodiversity, eutrophication, climate change and chemicals. Traditionally, different sectors and different aspects of freshwater and marine ecosystems have been considered separately. In recent years, however, a more comprehensive and holistic approach has been introduced, in particular through the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and the adoption of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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About the programmes

Bulgaria: The Norwegian Environment Agency is donor programme partner and act in an advisory role during the development and implementation of the programmes. The Norwegian Environment Agency assist in facilitating partnership projects.

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Estonia: The Norwegian Environment Agency is donor programme partner and act in an advisory role during the development and implementation of the programmes. There are several predefined projects with donor state partners within the programme, but there will also be open calls where the Norwegian Environment Agency assist in facilitating partnership projects.

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Lithuania: The programme assist Lithuania in achieving good environmental status in its marine and inland waters. The Norwegian Environment Agency is involved in the implementation of the programme. The programme is implemented through two pre-defined projects. The implementation of the projects will include a number of open tenders where the Norwegian Environment Agency will assist in facilitating project partnerships.

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About the programme area - Environmental Monitoring and Integrated Planning and Control

Accurate and sufficient environmental information is imperative for monitoring, control and analysis related to the environment. The INSPIRE Directive demands that EU Member States share spatial information across national borders, inter alia on transport networks, protected sites, elevation, land cover, natural risk zones, habitats, and biotopes.

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Poland: The Norwegian Environment Agency is donor programme partner and act in an advisory role during the implementation of the programme. The Norwegian Environment Agency is also project partner in one of four pre-defined projects within the programme. There will not be any open calls within this programme.

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About the programme area - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The objective of the programme is to halt the loss of biodiversity through different measures.The Norwegian Environment Agency has been an adviser to the Programme Operators in the development of the programmes, and provides information and support for building partnerships. During the implementation of the programmes, The Norwegian Environment Agency assists in planning and takes part in activities in order to facilitate networking, exchange, share and transfer of knowledge, technologies experience and good practices between public entities in the beneficiary countries and in the donor countries.

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Bulgaria: The programme address the degradation of ecosystem services, enhance the knowledge of their economic contribution and contribute to halting the loss of biodiversity in Bulgaria. There are three open calls under this programme. The Norwegian Environment Agency plays a key role in facilitating bilateral cooperation and acts as a contact point for donor entities, public and private, wishing to operate in the Bulgaria and participate as partners in projects funded through the programme.

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Czech Republic:The programme combines three programme areas and includes elements of environmental monitoring and adaptation to climate change. Within this programme there will be possibilities for project partnerships and cooperation in the following areas:

  • Management and monitoring of national parks, protected landscape areas or Natura 2000 sites.
  • Protection of endangered species.
  • Ecosystem services.
  • Invasive alien species.
  • Protection of wetlands.
  • Cooperation with NGOs, municipalities and general public in protection of wild fauna and flora.
  • Sustainable eco/geotourism.
  • Awareness of and education in biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Adapting strategies and measures for a changeing climate.

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Lithuania: The programme addresses the degradation of ecosystem services and contributes to halting the loss of biodiversity. The Norwegian Environment Agency is involved in the implementation of the programme. One call for proposal is foreseen and will be open for for bilateral partnership projects, and a fund for seed money to promote bilateral cooperation will be available to promote potential partnerships.

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Romania: Read more about the programme

About the programme area - Reduction of Hazardous Substances programme

Hazardous wastes represent a serious threat to the environment if not disposed of or treated in a sustainable manner. Illegal disposal of hazardous wastes is an important source of soil and water pollution. Reduction of hazardous substances is a priority area in both the EU and EEA EFTA States.

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Romania: The Norwegian Environment Agency is donor programme partner and act in an advisory role during the implementation of the programme.

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About the programme area - Adaption to Climate Change

There is a global recognition of the need for human and natural systems to adapt to a changing climate. Adaptation has the potential to reduce adverse impacts of climate change and to enhance beneficial impacts. Adaptation will require actions across many sectors and levels. Planning for climate change adaptation should be based on, and be a part of, national, sub-national and local priorities, and aim at integrating climate change considerations into policy, planning and budget frameworks. National adaptation efforts should be designed to support and enhance local and regional efforts.

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Latvia: The Norwegian Environment Agency is donor programme partner together with the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), the latter with a particular emphasis on the adaption part of the programme. The Norwegian Environment Agency has been actively involved during the programme preparation during the implementation of the programme. In addition, the Norwegian Environment Agency acts as partner in a pre-defined project. The Norwegian Environment Agency and DSB assist the Programme Operator in facilitating bilateral cooperation, as well as acting as a contact point for donor state entities wishing to operate in Latvia and participate as partners in projects funded through the programme.

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About the programme area - Capacity-Building and Institutional Cooperation

This programme area will facilitate the exchange of experience and learning between partners in Norway and the beneficiary states. It provides the framework for administrations and public authorities in the beneficiary states to cooperate with their counterparts in Norway, with the aim of developing modern and efficient administrations.

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Lithuania: The Norwegian Environment Agency is one of three donor programme partners of the programme. In addition, the Norwegian Environment Agency is partner in a pre-defined project focusing on transfer of experience in making a greenhouse gas inventory.

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About the Norwegian Environment Agency

The Norwegian Environment Agency is the largest agency under the Ministry of the Environment. The agency is instrumental in nature management and pollution control. The functions of the agency are to monitor the state of the environment, convey environment-related information, exercise authority, oversee and guide regional and municipal authorities, collaborate with the authorities of relevant sectors, act as an expert advisor, and assist in international environmental efforts.

The Norwegian Environment Agency cooperation within the EEA and Norway Grants is an important element in the agency’s strategy to contribute to an improved quality of the environment internationally. The Norwegian Environment Agency’ sees it also as a valuable work for reducing long-range transport of pollutions influencing the environment in Norway, since climate change and pollution challenges need cross-border cooperation to be solved. In addition, the cooperation within the different programme partnerships contributes to increased competence in the Norwegian Environment Agency’s organisation and contributes to valuable networking and widening of the Norwegian Environment Agency’s international relations which will be useful also in a long-term perspective.

The Norwegian Environment Agency was established on 1 July 2013 as a result of the merger of the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management. Both entities were involved as donor programme partners and the Norwegian Environment Agency are continuing its involvement in all programmes that the two entities took part in.

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