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A century ago, Norway was on the brink of losing its forests. Today, Norway’s forests have recovered and continue to expand each year, offsetting 60% of Norway’s greenhouse gas emissions. This success notwithstanding, pristine wilderness is rare in Norway, and biodiversity suffers as a result.

Skagsanden Beach, Norway. Photo by Johny Goerend.

Norway's Ecology

Most of Norway’s forests are managed for economic purposes, meaning that species without market-value diminish in population. Still, Norway’s conservation commitments are many and extend outside its own borders. Norway’s collaborative commitments with international partners, such as Russia, include agreements that preserve critical arctic habitat for polar bears and walrus. This Scandinavian country is also expanding efforts to conserve forests, inside and outside of its territory.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Intrepid wolverine. Photo by Hans Veth.
Junkerdal National Park

Renowned for its diverse and unusual plant life, Junkerdal is also home to wolverines, lynx, brown bears, moose, and Arctic loons.

Glacial tongue. Photo by Dawid Malecki.
Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park

Glacier tongues extend into rich alpine forests in this large protected area bordering the Norwegian Sea. Plant life is unusually diverse in this wilderness.

Reindeer fords a stream. Photo by Thomas Lefebvre.
Femundsmark National Park

Falcon, reindeer, and musk ox dwell in this northern marsh surrounded by craggy pine and birch forest. The name of this park inspired a German black metal album.

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