Nature is experiencing an unprecedented decline. This trend is driven by the cumulative impact of multiple anthropogenic activities, causing accelerating habitat loss and fragmentation, globally. We must reverse this trend. A century of conservation initiatives focussed on conservation of core habitats, has not been sufficient to counter this trend. We learned that it is not sufficient to protect habitat patches in isolation: it is crucial to protect connectivity among core areas (Green Infrastructures, GI), to maintain the functionality of entire ecological networks, for multiple species. This is an enormous challenge, both from a socio-political and scientific perspective.

Science and technology are lagging behind. There is currently no widely acknowledged, comprehensive theoretical and methodological framework to quantify cumulative impacts on species, and thus help quantifying / prioritizing areas for conservation and restoration. This makes it challenging for the public administration to coordinate initiatives on sustainable land planning, balancing among competing interests from a multitude of stakeholders. GreenPlan contributes filling this gap by building upon a range of advances across disciplines to develop an innovative analytical framework to quantify functional connectivity (Green Infrastructure) for a wide range of species, and a portfolio of decision-making support tools to aid sustainable land planning. 

GreenPlan is a project by the Research Council of Norway, led by NINA and conducted in collaboration with the public adminsitration, stakeholders and academic institutions

GreenPlan contributes to a Transformative Change towards sustainable land planning by combining cutting edge technological developments with active societal participation

GreenPlan builds upon advances across disciplines to develop analytical methods to map and quantify ecological networks, functional connectivity and cumulative impacts

GreenPlan develops nation-wide high-resolution maps of GI for birds, mammals, insect and plants, and initializes the Norwegian Ecological Network database

GreenPlan initiates a Science-Policy Arena for Dialogue on sustainable land planning. Through scoping processes and solution-scanning exercises GreenPlan co-develop visions and solutions to aid sustainable land planning locally, nationally and internationally

GreenPlan co-develops with the public administration and stakeholders a portfolio of decision-making support tools to concretely aid sustainable land planning for biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. This includes technologies for multispecies Land Prioritization for conservation, mitigation, restoration, and to perform Scenario Analyses to forecast the impact of changes in climate or land use (e.g. build new infrastructures) 


This is an early-stage prototype App, to be co-developed by GreenPlan. Through thee App you will be able to interact with maps of Ecological Connectivity, and use support-tools to account for Green Infrastructures in sustainable land planning in Norway. This prototype allows viewing test-maps for Oslo Municipality, testing early-stage functionalities, and anchoring the dialogue with users, so we can acquire conceptual and technical feedbacks for the co-creation of relevant land planning support tools

 Oslo, Kick-off meeting, Mai 2022

Manuela Panzacchi, NINA - Project Overview. Oslo 2022

Joachim Maes, EU Commission - Ecological Connectivity in EU policy. Oslo 2022

Project info

Financing & Partners

The Research Council of Norway

Norwegian institute for nature research


Statens Vegvesen


Université catholique de Louvain 

Ålesund Kommune

Stavanger Kommune

Bodø Kommune

Fylkesmannen i Møre og Romsdal 

Fylkesmannen i Rogaland