Positive impacts of Raet National Park

Establishing Raet National Park along the south coast of Norway will have a positive impact, according to Multiconsult’s assessment.

9. April 2015

Multiconsult was commissioned by the County Governor of Aust-Agder to assess the impact of establishing this national park. Raet National Park would lie along the coast of Tvedestrand, Arendal and Grimstad, covering adjacent land and sea areas. Both in the short-term and long-term it was found to create net benefits, particularly for the natural environment, cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, tourism and other commerce, as well as in terms of communication and marketing.

Raet Nasjonalpark langs Sørlandskysten.

Raet National Park along the south coast of Norway.

Impacts on the natural environment and commerce

Multiconsult’s natural resources section in Oslo was responsible for the study, covering impacts on the natural environment, cultural heritage and the cultural environment, agriculture, georesources, fisheries and aquaculture. It also considered impacts on outdoor recreation, tourism and other commerce, industry and the energy sector, private property, shipping, transport and accessibility, as well as on communication and brand-building.

Short-term and long-term perspectives

Multiconsult assessed both short-term (5 years) and long-term (50 years) impacts. In its report, Multiconsult’s overall conclusion was that establishing Raet National Park would produce far greater benefits than disbenefits.

The report has now been published on the website of the County Governor of Aust-Agder. Learn more and read the report here.