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Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Protecting biodiversity is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems, ensuring sustainable development and reducing vulnerability to climate change. Both donor and beneficiary countries are bound by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

The programmes in this area help strengthen systems for managing and monitoring protected areas, safeguard ecosystems, and protect and manage biodiversity.

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Read about the programme in each country to find out what activities are funded, how to apply, or how to get involved as a partner.

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For applicants

Target groups for the funding include public and private sector organisations active in this area as well as NGOs.  

For partners

The Norwegian Environment Agency is a donor programme partner in several countries and can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved as partners. Project partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are also encouraged. 

Find out more about how you can get involved.

Project stories, news and features


The butterflies that disappeared


Fluttering butterflies and chasing foxes used to be the normal scenario in the wetlands outside Ljubljana. This is the story of how the butterflies vanished, and of the struggle to bring them back to Slovenia’s marshlands.

Maintaining biodiversity


In Lithuania wind power plants are fast becoming a meaningful source of energy. Despite their attractiveness because of their low carbon emissions, wind power plants have some direct negative impacts on biodiversity.

First car-free nature park in Slovenia


Inspired by Jotunheimen Nature Park in Norway - which has a very restrictive policy on the use of motorised vehicles - Sečovlje Nature Park will become the first Slovenian nature park where cars are banned.