A first step towards better knowledge

Foto: Lawrence Hislop, Grid Arendal
Photo: Lawrence Hislop, Grid Arendal

Monday 3 September is the submission deadline for tenders to Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic.

Last spring, the Centre invited tenders for two reports: a status report entitled “State of a sustainable blue economy in the Norwegian Arctic” and a foresight study. The objective is to catalogue the current status of the blue economy in the North, along with challenges and possibilities.


Sustainable development is central to both reports, which are to be prepared within the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Jan-Gunnar Winther, director of the Centre for the Oceans and the Arctic. Photo: Nofima

“We want these reports to describe societal, economic, and environmental aspects of current and future business development. Increased value creation must be brought about in a sustainable way, where utilization and preservation of marine resources are in balance,” says Director Jan-Gunnar Winther.

The reports will build upon relevant existing documents and other previous studies in these disciplines. Such studies include reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and OECD. Work done by Norwegian universities and institutions will also be emphasized.

Comprehensive analyses

The final reports will be important in following up on the Centre’s tasks and in future work.

“The Centre’s niche is to compile, analyse, and disseminate knowledge about the blue economy. Hopefully, the reports will provide a good foundation for this task, and enable us to perform complex, comprehensive assessments in the future. For the Centre, which was launched last week, this will be the first step towards strengthening the national knowledge base,” Winther concluded.

Tenders will be evaluated and contracts negotiated in September. The process is expected to be complete by 1 October, and the final results are to be delivered in spring 2019.