Department for Nature Management

The department's main responsibility is to develop policies to safeguard biodiversity on land and in freshwater, and to ensure holistic and sustainable management of nature through use, conservation and recreation. The department is also responsible for the management of predatory animals.

The department coordinates the Ministry’s work relating to County Governors, environmental economics, research and monitoring/environmental data and the OECD.

Central areas within nature management include the implementation of protected areas (including forest protection, the national park plan and county protection plans), the protection of large carnivores and other wild animals, combating and controlling alieninvasive species, water management, the management of wild salmon and freshwater fish, evaluating environmental issues relating to the agricultural, energy and aquaculture industries, environmental risk assessments relating to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), use of motorised vehicles in nature and monitoring and mapping the environment

In addition, the department is responsible for ensuring that Norway complies with the UN’s Convention on Biodiversity, the Cartagena Protocol on GMOs and the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources, that it participates in international initiatives on forests, as well as for coordinating work relating to the United Nations Environment Programme, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, NASCO and other international conventions that deal with nature diversity.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Department Secretariat

    The section is responsible for the Department for Nature Management's work on the national budget, financial management, grant management, reporting, closing of accounts in connection with the central government accounts, personnel management and activity planning. In addition, the section provides leadership support and coordinates administrative matters on behalf of the Department for Nature Management. It also coordinates the management of the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre and the county environmental affairs departments on behalf of the Ministry.

  • Section for the Management of Species

    The section works on the management of predatory animals, genetically modified organisms, trade in endangered species, environmental crime and on safeguarding biodiversity in the cultural landscape and open lowlands.

    Deputy Director General Torbjørn Lange

  • Section for Nature Management and Outdoor Recreation

    The section works to safeguard the biodiversity of mountains, wetlands and forests. It is also responsible for the Ministry's work related to outdoor recreation, use of motorised vehicles on uncultivated land, the Marka area around Oslo and nature visitor centres.

    Deputy Director General Øivind Dannevig

  • Section for Economics and Environmental Policies

    Links between economic development and the environment, OECD-cooperation, environmental taxes, national and international regulations (EØS and UNECE) on environmental impact assessment, nature diversity policy, the Nature Diversity Act, land conversion for energy or other purposes.

    Deputy Director General Øyvind Andeassen

  • Section for Water Management

    The section works to safeguard biodiversity in freshwater, and is responsible for water management, wild salmon and invasive species.

    Deputy Director General Lindis Nerbø