Caring for Land

Norway puts a value on nature

by Alister Doyle, Oslo— Reuters An index to judge the state of Norway’s nature is a world first that may be a step towards valuing “free” services such as insect pollination or forest growth in a radical shift in economics, officials say. The “Nature Index of Norway“, worked out this year and to be presented at UN talks on biological diversity in Japan next week, shows that seas, coastal waters, freshwater and mountains are in a good state but forests and lowlands are suffering.