Arctic Seas Biodiversity Project
In 2006, Eni Norge invited Akvaplan-niva to discuss and give advice on suitable strategies and topics for biodiversity research targeted towards the company’s needs. In January 2007, Eni Norge commissioned Akvaplan-niva to assess Eni’s biodiversity-related needs, the status of biodiversity knowledge in legislation and environmental management and on this basis to outline some biodiversity research topics that will fulfil key knowledge gaps. In December 2007, Eni Norge/ Eni E&P commissioned Akvaplan-niva to lead an applied research project addressing biodiversity in potentially sensitive areas above the Arctic Circle.
The Arctic Seas Biodiversity (ASBD) project was officially started on 11th December 2007, at a kick-off meeting in Stavanger. The contract between Eni Norge AS and Akvaplan-niva was signed on 05.06.08.
The overriding mission of ASBD is to act as a test case for biodiversity in the marine environment and to provide Eni with research-based decision-making power in the field of marine biodiversity. ASBD makes a contribution to basic research, but will also advance on existing environmental management tools using biodiversity. The final challenge of the project is to channel the knowledge gained through research directly into Eni’s operational practices.