The Ocean Nation
Norway is a pioneer in technology-based sustainable solutions for the ocean within energy, aquaculture, fisheries, shipping and the maritime sector. We want the world to know what Norway has to offer in terms of innovations, research and applied technologies within these industries.
“The Norwegian coastline is one of the world’s longest. The marine areas we manage are more than five times as large as our land territory. The ocean has shaped our history and our people, and has challenged us to develop sustainable technology that are at the forefront globally. We are showcasing these solutions at Expo 2020, to contribute to the greatest possible sustainable value creation in the ocean industries.” – Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran
Norwegians have always explored and lived off the sea. Some of the country’s most innovative businesses, jobs and knowledge institutions trace their origins back to human settlements along the coast and ocean based activities
Norway is a leading ocean nation. The history of Norway is a story about the oceans.
Working for the world’s oceans
Creating a sustainable ocean economy is one of the most important tasks and greatest opportunities of our time. It will help the world meet all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not just SDG 14 on life below water.
‘The oceans are a common good and are of crucial importance for human and planetary health, for the climate and food security, for local job markets and for the global economy. We must promote clean and healthy oceans to ensure that the oceans can continue to fulfil their critical role in meeting our needs,’ said Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre when taking over the position as co-chair of the Ocean Panel.
Many ocean-based industries have the potential to outperform the growth of the global economy, both in terms of additional value and employment. That is only possible if we manage the ocean wisely. A healthy ocean holds the solutions to many of the world’s challenges and can help us meet the expanding need for food, medicines, energy and minerals.
However, the ocean is a vulnerable ecosystem. Loss of biodiversity, marine litter and other forms of pollution, acidification, climate change and overexploitation of marine resources are challenges threatening the health of ocean today.
Norway has initiated and lead international processes safeguarding the health of the ocean. Most notably, Norway has initiated and together with Palau, co-chaired the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. ‘Norway is an international leader in ocean management. The Ocean Panel is an important initiative launched by Norway to achieve sustainable ocean management worldwide, and we must work together with our partners to translate our ambitions into action,’, Said Prime Minister Støre.
In December 2020, the 14 heads of states and governments in the Ocean Panel committed themselves to sustainable ocean management and transformational policies. Protection, production and prosperity go hand in hand. Other countries and partners, also from business, are now invited to join this endeavour.