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Funded by The Research Council of Norway, the FAIRCoast project aims to facilitate more integrated governance of the coastal zone in Norway. The project is a response to the increasing numbers of activities conducted by established and new industries which is putting pressure on the marine environment and creating competition between different user interests. These various interests, added to the fact that the governance systems consist of different authorities operating at different levels of governance, means that achieving integrated governance is a challenge. Integrated governance could involve coordination between the various levels of governance and sectors and geographical areas, and undertaking integrated assessments of any effects.

The FAIRCoast project analyses both the governance frameworks and how they will be implemented, along with what will help or prevent inclusion, coordination and the weighing up of various interests. In this way, the project will identify barriers and point out opportunities for better integration between the authorities and the users of coastal planning in Norway. Among other things, FAIRCoast will analyse measures for improving coordination of the sectoral authorities such as local government, county governors and the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries. FAIRCoast's work includes looking at the so-called FAKS network (Coordination of Local Government Aquaculture Cooperation) and the County Governor’s coordination of government objections in respect of planning matters. Impact assessments will be used in order to see all interests and considerations in context when planning new activities in the coastal zone.


To visit the FAIRCoast website, click here.


For more information on FAIRCoast, please contact Dr. Wesley Flannery -

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