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Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)


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


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