On 1-3 July 2015, a Ramsar Advisory Mission (RAM) team travelled to the Nordre Tyrifjord area in Norway. The purpose of the mission was to evaluate the extensive transport infrastructure projects, including a four-lane highway and a fast track railway planned to cross the Storelva river floodplain with its meanders and oxbow lakes. The Storelva river is part of the Nordre Tyrifjord Wetlands System, a Ramsar Site of International Importance.
The Ramsar Advisory Mission team was invited to assess the potential impacts of road and railway construction and to advise Norwegian authorities in order to ensure that the Nordre Tyrifjord wetland system is safeguarded in the best possible way. The RAM team will present advice on substantial questions related to road and railway construction through wetlands and regarding the different options currently considered by the Norwegian authorities.
The Ramsar Secretariat was represented by the deputy secretary Ania Grobicki, the senior adviser for Europe Tobias Salathé and its expert consultant David Pritchard.
The mission team together with representatives from the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Environment Agency (the Ramsar Administrative Authority) and the County Governor of Buskerud met with a variety of stakeholders, including the road and railway authorities, experts, NGOs, anglers, and local farmers and inhabitants.
The mission report will be finalized and made publicly available on the Ramsar website in September, once the Ramsar Administrative Authority’s comments are provided.