Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research.
NINA is responsible for long-term strategic research and commissioned applied research to facilitate the implementation of international conventions, decision-support systems and management tools, as well as to enhance public awareness and promote conflict resolution.
The institute was established in 1988, employs a staff of approximately 240 and directs well-equipped laboratories and facilities at seven locations in Norway, with the head office in Trondheim. NINA offers broad-based ecological expertise covering the genetic, population, species, ecosystem and landscape level, in terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine environments.
NINA´s areas of activity
- Land use and nature management, including landscape analysis in the coastal zone
- Harvesting and sustainable use of fish and game stocks
- Community development and local participation in natural resource management
- Commercial development related to biological resources
- Environmental impacts of agriculture and aquaculture
- Vegetation and wildlife surveys
- Monitoring and time-series analyses regarding natural resources
- Red-list evaluations and conservation planning
- Analysis and resolution of conflicts related to utilization of natural resources and protection of threatened species
- Environmental databases; development, operation, use, and public information
- Pollution impact analysis and monitoring
- Environmental impact assessments connected to human encroachments, infrastructure development and land-use changes