Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Friday launched the country’s new research vessel, the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, which will participate in government aid programmes aimed at renewable use of the ocean’s resources.
In connection with the launch, the government presented its first white paper on the place of the oceans in foreign and development policy, reports news agency NTB.
Sustainability, clean and healthy oceans and ‘blue growth’ top the list of the government’s priorities.
“We must take a leading international role in renewable use of the oceans,” foreign minister Børge Brende said, while announcing that 100 million kroner would be pledged towards international efforts against marine litter including microplastics, reports NTB.
“The Government is stepping up its efforts to promote Norway’s ocean interests. We intend to make sustainable use of the oceans a global priority,” said Brende in a press statement.
The white paper highlights the fact that the Arctic …