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EU Climate Policy Implications for Land Use in Norway: Managing Trade-offs and Achieving Policy Coherence (ClimaLand)

Active Last updated: 13.05.2024
End: aug 2027
Start: sep 2023

The ClimaLand project will investigate trade-offs between policy goals, governance levels, and sector interests, and seek to identify how to design more coherent climate and land-use policies. An important objective is to investigate how conflicting policy goals can be handled and various considerations and land-use interests balanced.

External project link Official project website
Start - end date 01.09.2023 - 31.08.2027
Project manager Lars H. Gulbrandsen, Fridtjof Nansens institutt
Project manager at Nibio Gunnhild Søgaard
Division Division of Forest and Forest Resources
Department Forest and Climate
Funding source The Research Council of Norway

The point of departure for ClimaLand is an examination of the EU Fit for 55 package and its policy implications for Norway. This is followed by a cross-sectoral examination of the biggest sources of Norwegian Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) emissions sources and the most important drivers of these, providing the basis for in-depth studies of potential synergies and trade-offs between policy goals, -levels and sector interests.

The other policy areas examined are:

  • the potential for increasing the forest sink capacity in the short-, medium- and long-term and how forest owners as key actors can affect this capacity,
  • the Norwegian ban on developing peatlands and its implications for land use, and
  • renewable energy developments and implications for land use.

Based on these studies, ClimaLand will produce new, interdisciplinary knowledge about how EU climate policy affects land-use in Norway, and how Norway can achieve its 2030 climate targets whilst managing trade-offs between policy goals, -levels, and sector interests.