Department for Cultural Environment

The department's main responsibility is strategy and policy development for protection and sustainable use of cultural monuments, sites and environments. Central areas of work are archeology, built heritage, historic vessels, cultural monuments, sites and environments, cultural landscapes and historic urban environments. The department is also responsible for international work areas such as World Heritage Sites (Unesco), EU / EEA. The department is assigned the management of subordinate agencies, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Fund, and will take care of the ministry's contact with the regional cultural environment authorities.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Department Secretariat

    The Department Secretariat is i.a. responsible for the department's work with the state budget, financial management, grant management, reporting, closing of accounts in connection with central government accounts and business planning. Furthermore, the department secretariat contributes to the agency management of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Cultural Heritage Fund. In addition, the department secretariat coordinates administrative matters on behalf of the entire department.

  • Section for Heritage, Land Use and Legal Affairs

    The section works with the application of laws and regulations in the cultural environment area in various area matters. The section is responsible for the work on the new Cultural Environment Act, regulations related to the Cultural Heritage Fund, other laws and regulations that affect the cultural environment, and for safeguarding the cultural environment in all types of land issues and in various planning processes, and for guidelines and guidance in the area. The section works with archeology, buildings and structures, vessel protection, Sami and minorities, polar issues.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Jan Mathys Truyen

  • Section for Cultural Environment and Development

    The section works with the connection with the cultural environment and social development. The section is responsible for the work with knowledge development, cultural environment statistics / environmental data, urban environment and site development, voluntary organizations and the cooperation areas cultural heritage / natural heritage / landscape and outdoor life as well as a broad international portfolio (Unesco / world heritage, EU / EEA / Council of Europe and Nordic cultural environment cooperation). Within the ministry community, the section is responsible for areas of cooperation such as museums (KUD) and churches / cultural-historical values (BFD).

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Berit Halvorsen

  • Section for Polar Affairs and the High North

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Aud Ingvild Slettemoen