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HRH Crown Prince Haakon opens climate conference in Bergen


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince will open the climate conference in Bergen.

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs / Det kongelige hoff

In April, leading climate scientists will gather in Bergen to discuss how climate change is affecting the ocean. The conference will be opened by the Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon.

In April, the Institute of Marine Research will host the conference "Effects of Climate Change on the World's Ocean", which is the fifth in a row. The climate conference brings together 600 experts from almost 70 countries to increase knowledge about how climate change affects and alters the ocean ecosystem, what is at stake and what measures are needed in the future.

The conference begins on Monday 17 April and will be opened by HRH Crown Prince Haakon.

Research Director Geir Huse heads the local organizing committee for "Effects of Climate Change on the World's Ocean". He is very pleased that the Crown Prince is coming to open the conference.

"It is an important recognition of the work being done by climate scientists all over the world. The Crown Prince has a special commitment to the ocean, so it means a lot that he is coming to Bergen to help launch this conference. It is a great inspiration for the organizations behind the conference, and not least for the researchers and students taking part", says Huse.

CEO of the Institute of Marine Research Nils Gunnar Kvamstø is also pleased with the visit from Crown Prince Haakon.

"The Crown Prince has visited us at the institute before, and we are aware of his great interest in what is happening along the coast and in the sea. We very much appreciate that the Crown Prince also takes the opportunity to update himself on some of our research when he is here. In this way, we can bring the perspective from the global down to what is happening locally in our fjords", says Kvamstø.

kronprins Haakon trekker teiner
The last time Crown Prince Haakon visited the Institute of Marine Research, he was able to to to Raet National Park to pull traps in the lobser reserve. (Photo: Liv Welhaven Løchen / IMR)