Hornelen, Masfjordfjella, Øystesefjella, and Sunnmørsalpene have been proposed as brand new national parks by the government. In addition, six landscape conservation areas are slated to receive national park status.
The six landscape conservation areas of Lyngsalpan, Sylan, Trollheimen, Ålfotbreen, Oksøy-Ryvingen and Flekkefjord, and Listastrendene should soon become national parks, according to the government. There are also plans to expand eight existing national parks.
So far, the dialogue with the municipalities indicates that it is possible to get local acceptance to start a protection process, said Minister of the Environment and Climate Sveinung Rotevatn (V). He admits, however, that there may be conflicts.
“There will always be different views on new protected areas. Some may be unsure of what this can mean for their interests, and we must therefore ensure that we have processes in place where everyone can provide input,” Rotevatn said in a press release.
He pointed out that the loss of biodiversity due to development and intervention is a major problem worldwide, including in Norway.
“This bit-by-bit development is taking an increasing toll on nature. Therefore, the government now wants to start more protection processes where both the local municipalities and the Norwegian Environment Agency recommend that a national park is built,” says Rotevatn.
Completing a protection plan for a national park usually takes three to four years.
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