Landscape in Lofoten in the north of Norway

Friends of the Earth Norway contributed significantly to the campaign that successfully stopped plans of oil drilling outside the Lofoten islands this spring. Photo by: Cecilie Bergmann

About Norges Naturvernforbund

Founded in 1914, Norges Naturvernforbund/Naturvernforbundet (Friends of the Earth Norway) is Norway's oldest environmental and nature protection organisation. Naturvernforbundet is membership based and democratic, and consists of over 37,000 members in more than 100 local groups across the country, working to solve environmental issues both locally and globally.

Statement of purpose

(As stated in our bylaws, first paragraph)


"The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature/Friends of the Earth Norway will strive to protect nature and the environment in such a way that human activity does not exceed the carrying capacity of nature.

The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature/Friends of the Earth Norway will work for a society where people live in harmony with nature.

This is a society where the basis and diversity of life is secured for future generations, and where nature's own values are the foundation of the work to increase man's respect for, and love of, life and landscape."

Our main goal is to protect the nature and environment so that human activity does not exceed the tolerance limits of our planet. We are engaged in a wide range of issues in environmental and nature conservation, but work specifically with the areas conservation, climate change, energy and transportation.

Although we have a national agenda, many environmental questions have proven to have an international or even global character. Issues concerning development, resource allocations and international cooperation are very much part of our everyday activities.

Our organisation is governed by a national executive committee and a central committee, both headed by the organization's elected leader Truls Gulowsen. Secretary General Maren Esmark manages the daily operations until August 2022, when Gro Holstad takes over. 

Naturvernforbundet issues the publication “Natur & Miljø” ("Nature and the environment"), which has a high focus on global climate change, energy and development issues.

Our secretariat is located in the centre of Oslo (See map here). We also have employees scattered across Norway in regional and local offices. “Nature and Youth” is our youth organisation, while our organisation for children is called "the Eco-agents”.

A member of Friends of the Earth International, Naturvernforbund et is Norway's representative in the world's largest grassroots environmental network with more than 2 millon members worldwide. Together we campaign today's most urgent environmental and social issues.

Please see our pages, in multiple languages, on who we are and what we do to make more people experience the pleasure of being outdoors.

The article was last updated on: 02.05.2022