OSLOMARKA: SWECO MAPS UNIQUE RECREATIONAL AND NATURE VALUES

In 2015, nine forest areas were granted the status of nature reserves. Eight of them became protected following a recommendation from Sweco's report on Oslomarka. What makes Oslomarka unique is that so many people live so close to a large and important recreational and nature area.

Facts

Project
Mapping of Oslomarka

Client
County Governors in Oslo and Akershus

Location
Oslomarka

Period
2012 - 9 forest areas protected in 2015

Expertise
Natural environment, impact assessment and planning, environmental impact assessments

ASSIGNMENT AND SOLUTION

Oslomarka covers approx. 1,700 km² and encompasses 19 municipalities across five counties.

The Act on natural areas in Oslo and nearby communities (Markaloven) came into effect in 2009
The act sets out to protect areas of value to recreation and biological diversity. Management of Oslomarka has a long-term perspective.

Our experience is beneficial to society
Sweco has accumulated extensive knowledge about biological mapping of recreational areas and mapping and administration of nature. In our work on mapping recreational values in Oslomarka within an area of 45 km², we used a new methodology with a grid map comprising 100 × 100 squares. We assigned value to the different areas based on forest elements, landscape elements and experience elements.

Sweco's report "Mapping of recreational and natural values in 32 selected areas in Oslomarka" has produced concrete results within a short time frame and is of great benefit to society.