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Protected areas

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Key figures

9.7 %

of mainland Norway is National parks

Protected areas - Nature Diversity Act, Svalbard Environmental Protection and the Act of Jan Mayen. By amount, count and proportions, 31.December123
2017
The main landSvalbard og Jan Mayen
Protected area (km²)Number of protected areasProportion of total areaProtected area (km²)Number of protected areasProportion of total area
1Jan Mayen consist of one nature reserves of 375 km2
2Mainland of Norway including islands, but excluding Svalbard and Jan Mayen
3Some protected areas belong to several protection categories. Total protected area is therefore smaller than sum protected area for the four categories
National parks31 294399.714 369723.4
Nature reserves6 7822 2652.125 4932241.5
Landscape protected areas17 2311945.3000.0
Other protections3874580.11410.02

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Table 1 
Protected areas - Nature Diversity Act, Svalbard Environmental Protection and the Act of Jan Mayen. By amount and proportions, 31.December

Protected areas - Nature Diversity Act, Svalbard Environmental Protection and the Act of Jan Mayen. By amount and proportions, 31.December1234
The Kingdom of Norway1Then main land Norway2Svalbard and Jan Mayen3
Protected area (km²)Proportion of total areaProtected area (km²)Proportion of total areaProtected area (km²)Proportion of total area
1The Kingdom of Norway consist of the landarea including islands, Svalbard and freshwater.
2Mainland of Norway including islands, but excluding Svalbard and Jan Mayen
3Jan Mayen consist of one nature reserves of 375 km2
4Some protected areas belong to several protection categories. Total protected area is therefore smaller than sum protected area for the four categories
National parks45 66311.931 2949.714 36923.4
Nature reserves32 2758.46 7822.125 49341.5
Landscape protected areas17 2314.517 2315.3
Other protections4010.13870.1140.02

About the statistics

The statistics encompass protected areas, by number and area they cover. They are limited to land and freshwater areas, by the definitions of the Nature Conservation Act, the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act, and the Act of Jan Mayen. Categories are national parks, nature reserves, landscape protection areas and other protected areas.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

A protected area is an area protected by the Nature Conservation Act . Since 2006 areas protected according to the Wildlife act and the Act relating to Salmonids and Fresh-water Fish are also included.

The variables are number and area of protected areas according to delineations in protected area maps and administrative boundaries.

For 2008 areas protected under the Cultural Heritage Act are also included.

Since 2014: areas protected according to the Cultural Heritage Act are not included in the statistics.

Standard classifications

Standard classification of protected areas:

  • National parks, protected by the Nature Conservation Act.
  • Landscape protection areas, protected by the Nature Conservation Act.
  • Nature reserves, protected by the Nature Conservation Act.
  • Other protected areas, consists of flora and fauna protection areas (biotop protections) by the Nature Conservation Act. Since 2006 nature relics with an area protection and biotops protected by the Act relating to Salmonids and Fresh-water Fish and the Wildlife Act have also been included.

Since 2008, areas protected under the Cultural Heritage Act are also included, and are made up of: Archaeological monuments and sites Security zones Cultural environments Listed buildings.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Protected areas
Topic: Nature and the environment

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level

Counties, whole country

Frequency and timeliness

Annual

International reporting

None. The statistics are reported to the Europeiske miljøbyrået (EEA) by the Norwegian Environment Agency after the indikator "Nationally designated protected areas".

 

Microdata

Stored by The Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority and the Directorate for Nature Management .

Background

Background and purpose

The statistics are related to the Nature Conservation Act . The objective of the statistics is to monitor the status and changes of protected natural areas.

Since 2008 the statistics are also related to the Cultural Heritage Act

Since 2014: areas protected according to the Cultural Heritage Act are not included in the statistics.

Users and applications

The statistics are mainly used by the public sector as well as for research purposes.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

The statistics are related to 00.00.20 Regional.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act of 16 June 1989 § 3.2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

The statistics comprise all protected areas pursuant to the Nature Conservation Act . New since 2006 is that areas protected according to the Wildlife act and the Act relating to Salmonids and Fresh-water Fish are included. New since 2008 is that areas protected according to the Cultural Heritage Act are included.
Since 2014: areas protected according to the Cultural Heritage Act are not included in the statistics.

Data sources and sampling

Map database for protected natural areas from the Directorate for Nature Management (DN) . Map database from the National Mapping Authority.

For 2007 a map database from DN on areas without major infrastructure development, 2003, was also used.

Map database for protected natural areas from the Directorate for Cultural Heritage

Since 2014: areas protected according to the Cultural Heritage Act are not included in the statistics.

Full count

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Full count based on maps

Control and revision routines related to management and maintenance carried out by The Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority , The Directorate for Nature Management and The Directorate for Cultural Heritage

Based on GIS (Geographical Information System)

Overlay between geo maps of protected areas, Norway's coast line and counties. The resulting geo map was used to calculate sum protected area of different types in different counties and in total.

Some protected areas belong to several protection categories. Total protected area is therefore smaller than sum protected area for the four categories.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

The statistics from 2002 onwards are based on digital maps and methods. The statistics prior to 2002 are based on manual methods and registers and may therefore be less accurate. The statistics are, however, comparable over time and space.

Numbers for the counties can be found in the StatBank. Summation of the area numbers may cause some discrepancies due to rounding off. Some areas are located in more than one county. Thus the sum of the number in the counties is higher than the total number.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Errors and inaccuracies may occur during the maintenance of map data, or be a result of differences in the accuracy of map data.

Revision

Not relevant