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The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management is one
of five government agencies under the Ministry of the Environment. We
serve as an executive and advisory body for the Ministry, and our
main areas of responsibility are outdoor recreation and the
sustainable use of biodiversity.
We have a staff of about 300, the majority based in Trondheim.
Most of us have university qualifications, and in many cases a scientific
background, but we also offer expertise in law, the social sciences, economics
and the humanities.
We assist the Government in its environmental protection
work at national and international level. We are responsible for implementing
the Government’s environmental policy, and for identifying, preventing and
dealing with environmental problems.
Our work includes obtaining the data needed for
decision-making, and making information on the state of the environment readily
accessible. We provide advice and information on action being taken to maintain
and enhance the environment, and assist politicians and other decision-makers in
the efforts to consider the needs of the environment, nature and outdoor
recreation as fully as possible in all their activities.
The Directorate works closely with other authorities
and interest groups, and with bodies in sectors such as agriculture, transport,
energy and fisheries. Our overall objective is to maintain the diversity of
Norway’s nature and landscapes and to ensure sound and sustainable use of the
The Norwegian Nature Inspectorate is a separate
unit that is responsible for control and inspection to
protect the environment and prevent environmental crime, and for other
practical management tasks. The Inspectorate’s head office is in Trondheim, and
there are local offices throughout the country.