Department for Nature Management
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
Section manager: Senior Adviser Marit Ballestad
The section is responsible for the management of native species including large predators and other wild animals including deer, elk, reindeer, arctic fox and seabirds. Other areas of responsibility include cultural landscapes (priority species, selected natural habitats and protected areas), invasive organisms and genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Section manager: Deputy Director General Torbjørn Lange
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.
Section manager: Specialist Director Gudrun Schneider
Section manager: Deputy Director General Lindis Nerbø