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Year: 2021
Project manager: gabriela.wagner@nibio.no

In accordance with the Norwegian government’s Green Transition policy, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) published a report on wind resources in Norway and launched a map of areas suitable for wind farm (WF) development. Media reflect a high level of conflict around plans for and construction of WFs among stakeholders (e.g. NVE, investors & contracting companies, local inhabitants & users, environmental protectionists & traditional reindeer herding). Cumulative effects of industrial and societal development may fast pressurize vulnerable subarctic regions past the point of resilience, questioning the sustainability of the current pace of industrial development in the high North. WINDMARK is a timely interdisciplinary project which aims to (1) provide a knowledge base where data on vegetation, bird life, reindeer pasture use & cumulative socio-economic effects of WFs in the high North are lacking, (2) establish baseline levels for monitoring of long-term effects beyond project duration, (3) analyse and valuate cultural ecosystem services, (4) inform policy makers of the particular socio-ecological challenges in the high North and provide a conflict reducing toolset for a Green Transition.
The onshore WF Kvitfjell/Raudfjell (Tromsø) is at the time of building the biggest (200 MW) of its kind at this altitude & latitude in Norway. The area has historically been used for reindeer herding & recreational pursuits. Through research, user participation and involvement of traditional knowledge combined with a strong dissemination strategy we aim to inform best practice Green Transition policy for development of wind power in the high North.

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