Climate change

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Climate change

Greenhouse gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, through deforestation and burning of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil, we have dramatically increased the amount of Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere resulting in temperature rising. Norges Naturvernforbund sees a world-wide need for increased understanding of the processes and consequences regarding energy production and consumption. We believe improved basic knowledge about energy and the environment is crucial for long term solutions regarding global climate change.


Our international projects are supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Affairs and Norad.

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Climate Eastern Europe

With quite small domestic emissions, the countries of Central Asia and Caucasus are among those that already suffer the most from climate change. On the other hand, big emitters Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have great potential of reducing emissions. Russia is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and the direction of their climate policy is of global importance. Norges Naturvernforbund works together with local NGOs and international networks in order to increase information levels, and create attention and political pressure for good climate solutions in Eastern Europe.


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that deforestation contribute to close to 20 per cent of overall greenhouse gas emissions entering the atmosphere. Forest degradation also makes a significant contribution to emissions from forest ecosystems. It is therefore an immediate need to make significant progress in reducing deforestation, forest degradation, and associated emissions of greenhouse gases.

Climate negotiations seen from the South

The poorest countries are the ones most affected by climate change. Several of the Norges Naturvernforbund’s project countries already suffer from climate change effects. Active NGOs in these countries fight to be heard in the international negotiations. Moving towards the Durban summit, Norges Naturvernforbund wants to support our partners and cooperation networks in the South in communicating their views in the international negotiations.