Department for Marine Management and Pollution Control

The department is engaged in strategy and policy development for marine management, polar areas, pollution control, chemicals and the European Economic Area, trade and investment agreements.

The main tasks are the development of legal, administrative and economic regulations and incentives, and the implementation and further development of relevant international agreements. The department has four sections.

The department is responsible for the integrated management of the marine environment both at the national and international level. Responsibility across sectors for management plans for marine areas, for safeguarding the environment within the sectors (the petroleum industry, fisheries, shipping) and for the protection and management of marine areas/coastal areas under the Natural Diversity Act. The Oil for Development program. Marine environment cooperation in the High North, IMO, the OSPAR and London conventions. Research and environmental monitoring of the marine and coastal areas.

The department is responsible for environmental legislation and management of the natural environment at Svalbard, Norwegian environmental management in the Antarctic and international environmental cooperation in the High North and the Antarctic, including the Arctic Council, the Barents Council and bilateral cooperation with Russia. Polar research, management of the Norwegian Polar Institute and the environmental activities of the Governor of Svalbard.

The department is responsible for international cooperation and national policy development for chemicals, transboundary air pollution, waste, discharge and radioactive pollution. Management of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority in the field of environment. The Pollution Control Act. Environmental technology.

The department is responsible for coordination and development of environment policies within the Agreement on the European Economic Area and European policy, Nordic cooperation and the safeguarding of environmental considerations in agreements outside the environmental field, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and EFTA free trade agreements. Environmentally-friendly government procurement/green government, the Aarhus Convention regarding the right to information about the environment and the Norwegian Environmental Information Act.

The department consists of the following sections