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Norway's MAREANO Programme - mapping of the seabed provides valuable new knowledge
by Norwegian Government (Government)
MAREANO maps depth and topography, sediment composition, biodiversity, habitats and biotopes as well as pollution in the seabed in Norwegian offshore areas. The Programme aims to provide answers to questions such as: How is the seascape of the Norwegian continental shelf? What does the seabed consist of? How is the biodiversity distributed on the seabed? How are habitats and biotopes distributed on the seabed? What is the relationship between the physical environment, biodiversity and biological resources? How much contaminants are stored in the bottom sediments? The program commenced its activities in 2005 and has among other things generated maps of predefined vulnerable and valuable bottom areas off western Finnmark, Troms, Nordland, Trndelag and Mre and Romsdal counties. The Government is committed to continue the program in the years ahead.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Increased knowledge of pollutants in the seabed
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Other (please specify): The program feeds information into the Norwegian integrated ocean management plans
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Multiannual effort
Increased knowledge of the seabed in Norwegian offshore areas
Other, please specify
Government funding since 2013: approximately 90 million Norwegian kroner annually. Funds set aside for 2017: 105 million Norwegian kroner.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2005 - Multiannual effort
Norwegian marine research institutions
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Johan Williams, Specialist Director, johan-h.williams@nfd.dep.no,
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Oslo, Norway
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