West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Situated in south-western Norway, north-east of Bergen, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, set 120 km from one another, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500 km to the north-east. The two fjords, among the world’s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere. Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 m from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500 m below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjords have numerous waterfalls while free-flowing rivers cross their deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains. The landscape features a range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine, such as submarine moraines and marine mammals.
2017 Conservation Outlook
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Classic, superbly developed fjords
Exceptional fjord landscapes
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||Nærøyfjorden Protected Area Management Board and Geirangerfjorden Protected Area Management Board||Various projects on management and monitoring of the property.|
|№||Site need title||Brief description of potential site needs||Support needed for following years|
|1||N.A.||Analysis of the impact of salmon aquaculture on the biodiversity values of the property and development of a sustainable marine aquaculture management framework for the property including its surroundings.|
|2||N.A.||Analysis of the interrelation of the seal population and the populations of salmon and other fish species in the area.|
|3||N.A.||Investigation/documentation of the poorly known hard bottom marine fauna on the fjord walls.|
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County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane (2008). 'Management Plan for Nærøyfjord'. Leikanger: County Governor of Sogn og Fjordane. (In Norwegian)
Geirangerfjord Cruise Port (2013). 'Seawalk I Geiranger 2013'. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.
IUCN (2005). ‘World Heritage Nomination – IUCN Technical Evaluation: West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord – ID No. 1195’. Gland: IUCN. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.
Manzetti, S. (2011). 'Research and environmental protection of Norwegian fjords: a standstill'. Journal of Marine Science, Research and Development 2011 S-2: 1-2.
Ministry of the Environment (2004). 'Nomination "West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord" for inscription on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Oslo: Ministry of the Environment of Norway. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.
Møre and Romsdal County Government (2008). 'Management Plan for Geirangerfjord'. Molde: Møre and Romsdal County Government. (In Norwegian)
News in English.no (2009). 'Cruiseship spill in Geiranger raises environmental concerns (13 July, 2009)'. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.
UNEP-WCMC (2011). 'West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord'. UNEP-WCMC World Heritage Information Sheets. [Electronic reference] < http://www.unep-wcmc.org/resources-and-data>. Accessed 5 June 2014.
WHC (2014a). 'Periodic Report - Second Cycle. Section II - West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord'. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.
WHC (2014b). 'West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord'. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.
World Heritage Centre (2005). ‘Decision 29 COM 8B.7’. [Electronic reference] . Accessed 5 June 2014.