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Raet National Park

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Wikipedia: Raet National Park (Norwegian: Raet nasjonalpark) is a national park in Arendal, Tvedestrand and Grimstad in Aust-Agder, southeastern Norway. It is mostly a marine park, and includes some islands and coastal areas. Raet covers an area of 607 km2 (234 sq mi), of which 599 km2 (231 sq mi) is sea and 8 km2 (3 sq mi) is land. The park was established on December 16, 2016.

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Raet, the “finest nasjonalpark i verden”, was the original vision of the “fathers” of the new marine national park on the Skagerrak-coast of Arendal, Grimstad, and Tvedestrand. At this workshop, we invite local LT&C members (including GRID-Arendal), “Friends of Raet National Park” (as found on Facebook), as well as representatives of such tourism businesses, which are interested to support the further positive development of the park. Also, marine experts from the local Flødevigen Marine Research Station as well as the manager of Raet national park, Jenny Marie Gulbrandsen, are invited to think with us about ideas, how Raet could at least become the leading example of a marine national park in Norway by developing towards international standards.

Among others, we will have Prof. Hans-Dieter Knapp, the former director of the International Academy for Nature Protection, Vilm, Germany, participating in the workshop. He is the “father” of the UNESCO-World Heritage cluster “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe“. and wants to see the North-western most beech forest in Europe at Hasseltangen (part of Raet national park).


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