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Norwegian Environment Agency Miljødirektoratet

Norwegian Environment Agency Miljødirektoratet
More than 40 years the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (DN) and the Norwegian Climate and pollution Agency have played crucial role for the nature protection and pollution reduction as well as for the forming of the Norwegian environmental protection policy

Since first of July, 2013 the two institutions are combined in one agency dealing with issues related with the environement – the Norwegian Environment Agency, which is part of the Norwegian Ministry of Environment.
The Norwegian Environment Agency is the largest agency under the Ministry of the Environment with about 700 employees, most of whom work at our offices in Trondheim and Oslo.

The sections that are primarily responsible for nature management are located in Trondheim, while the sections that are mainly responsible for climate and pollution issues are in Oslo.

The Norwegian Environment Agency is instrumental in nature management and pollution control.

The functions of the agency  are to monitor the state of the environment, convey environment-related information, exercise authority, oversee and guide regional and municipal authorities, collaborate with the authorities of relevant sectors, act as an expert advisor, and assist in international environmental efforts.

The  objectives of the Norwegian Environment Agency

The Norwegian government and the Norwegian Parliament determine the ambitions of our environmental policy. The environmental policy has been divided into various fields, each with specific national objectives.
The Norwegian Environment Agency has been assigned key tasks with a view to achieving the national objectives in the following fields:
·         a stable climate and strengthened adaptability
·         biodiverse forests
·         unspoilt mountain landscapes
·         lush wetlands
·         a toxic-free environment
·         an active outdoor life
·         well managed cultural landscapes
·         living oceans and coasts
·         healthy rivers and lakes
·         effective waste management and recycling
·         clean air and less noise pollution
The participation of the Norwegian Environment agency will secure transfer of expertise in the concept for provision of spatial data to the public through the means of web based services and conduction of trainings and  thus will also facilitate the process of equaling the level of public use of GIS data for the needs of monitoring and advocacy for sustainable development policies among the two countries.