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.
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.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Renowned for its diverse and unusual plant life, Junkerdal is also home to wolverines, lynx, brown bears, moose, and Arctic loons.
Glacier tongues extend into rich alpine forests in this large protected area bordering the Norwegian Sea. Plant life is unusually diverse in this wilderness.
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.