International cooperation on environmental protection under the Arctic Council, Antarctic Treaty and the Barents Council. Bilateral environmental cooperation with Russia. Coordination of the Ministry’s work with the High North policy. Environmental protection and management of the natural environment at Svalbard. Polar research. Management of the Norwegian Polar Institute and the environmental protection work of the Governor of Svalbard. Matters concerning the Fram Centre (High North Research Centre fir Climate and Environment. Cooperation under the Committee on Environmental Policy in UN ECE and its Environment for Europe process.