The state of knowledge about insect pollination in Norway

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment National
Country or countries covered Norway
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name


Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

Knowledge assessment of insect pollination in Norway.

Mandate for the assessment

Request for increased kowledge on ecosystem services i general, on pollinator in particular.

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Other (please specify)

Knowledge assessment

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Forest and woodland
  • Cultivated/Agricultural land
  • Grassland
  • Mountain
  • Dryland
  • Polar

Species groups assessed

Relevant insect groups (Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera) and plants

Ecosystem services/functions assessed



  • Pollination

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Primary production

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment

One off

Assessment outputs


Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Indicators

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Pure scientific assessment

Key stakeholder groups engaged

Scientific community

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

Less than 10

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Reference list in the publication.

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Some data accessible.

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Increased focus on pollination as ecosystem service and the need for knowledge to maintain such services in future.

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Importance of multi-disciplinary expert groups in such assessments.

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

More capacity on knowledge of species interactions.

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Communication and awareness raising

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

The assessment report has been widely distributed to all relevant stakeholders. Targeted media focus has created a lot of attention in society.

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

More knowledge needed on the importance of complex interactions between plants and insects to better understand the pollination mechanisms.

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

These gaps has been the main message in communication of the assessment, to all stakeholders.

Additional relevant information

The report has also been distributed internationally.