Department for Nature Management

The department develops strategies and policies and has administrative duties within the areas of nature conservation, recreation and sustainable use of biodiversity: It is also responsible for the majority of the Ministry’s work with energy-related issues.

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

    Management of agencies under the Ministry of the Environment and environmental protection departments run by county governors on behalf of the Ministry. Budget, accounts and financial management. Planning the operations of the Department for Nature Management. Coordinating research and monitoring.

  • Section for the Management of Species

    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 Global Environment Affairs

    The section is responsible for cross-sectoral international environment cooperation in the Ministry. This includes UN Environment, UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources as well as the intergovernmental plattform on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Birthe Ivars

  • Section for Research, Mapping and Monitoring

    The section is responsible for the coordination of the policy for research and higher education, environmental data, monitoring and mapping. The section is also responsible for the coordination of knowledge about biodiversity, for example establishment of a national system for mapping of species, habitats, ecosystems and landscapes, system for determination of good ecological condition and green infrastructure.

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Kristin Thorsrud Teien

  • Section for Nature Management and Outdoor Recreation

    Measures to safeguard nature diversity in forests, wetlands and mountains. Protectet areas (establishement of new areas, management of existing areas). Outoor recreation and the Outdoor Recreation Act. Use of motorized vehicles on Uncultivated land and in Watercourses.

    Section manager: 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.

    Section manager: Specialist Director Gudrun Schneider

  • Section for Water Management

    Measures to safeguard natural diversity in freshwater and onshore areas along the coastline (i.e. prioritised species, selected types of nature, protected areas, controlling foreign organisms in water and onshore areas along the coastline).

    Section manager: Deputy Director General Lindis Nerbø