Already June 22, the Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment announced the intention to establish a national park on the Lofoten. The Lofoten Islands are both, one of the most outstanding tourism destinations and highly valuable nature areas in Norway. The present proposal intends to cover only a minor part in the South-West Lofoten mountains (86 km2) and very little of the important marine surroundings (13km2). For those reading Norwegian have a look on kongelig-resolusjon-forslag-til-verneplan-for-lofotodden-nasjonalpark-i-moskenes-og-flakstad-kommune-nordland-fylke-180622.
In the light that other parties proposed to protect entire Vestfjorden and that there is a hot political debate to protect the outer seas offshore the Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja from any oil development, the present proposal is much too small. It is, therefore, a clear case for LT&C to stimulate and facilitate cooperation of tourism representatives and conservation organisations to come up with much more comprehensive proposals for a representative terrestrial and marine Lofoten national park. We will keep you updated. And please let us know if you want to join an initiative for a broader national park for the Lofoten by using the below form: