Environment and Mineral Resources

The Department of Environment and Mineral Resources was established at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in the spring of 2014. The creation of this department is a natural continuation of Greenland's process of assuming increasing responsibility for the area of raw material exploitation along with Greenland's desire to be able to provide its own consulting services on environmental issues relating to its mineral resources. The department was launched with support from the non-profit Oak Foundation, with its main office in Switzerland, and the VILLUM Foundation in Denmark.

The department's mission is to enhance the Government of Greenland’s interdisciplinary consulting services aimed at protecting the arctic environment in connection with the exploitation of Greenland’s mineral resources. This consulting is based on research, monitoring and collaboration with other consulting and research institutes. The goal of our consulting work is to maintain positive natural development and safeguard the traditional basis for hunting, fishing, farming and animal husbandry while, at the same time, ensuring that Greenland’s mineral resources are mapped and utilized in a responsible and sustainable manner. 

Nootka lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis) is an invasive species that can spread across large areas at the expense of local plants. Photographed here near the closed Nalunaq gold mine. (Photo: Morten Birch Larsen)
Updated 03.09.2016

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