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The Norwegian Nature Index: Challenges and Successes

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  • UserPer Arild & Iulie Aslaksen, Statistics Norway
  • ClockTuesday 08 October 2013, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseSeminar Room.

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The aim of the Norwegian Nature Index is to provide an overview of the state of biodiversity within and across major ecosystems. The index is composed of a series of indicators, each representing individual species or diversity measures. The indicators are standardized and scaled in relation to a reference state, and combined for ecosystems or geographical regions, to give a number between 1 (reference state) and 0 (seriously degraded biodiversity). In 2010, when the Nature Index was developed for the first time, the state of biodiversity was highest in mountains, ocean, coastal waters, and freshwater, intermediate for mires and wetlands, and lowest for open lowlands and forests. Since its launch in September 2010, the Nature Index has been approved by the Ministry of Finance as an indicator for biodiversity in the set of sustainable development indicators and approved by the Ministry of Environment as an indicator of the state of major ecosystems.In this seminar we give an overview of the conceptual framework and methodology of the Nature Index and presents its main results. A challenge for future applications of the Nature Index framework for policy analysis and local nature management is to enhance the data quality for different geographical areas.

This talk is part of the Political Ecology Group meetings series.

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