Nunamut Namminermut, Pinngortitamut Avatangiisinullu Naalakkersuisoqarfik Departementet for Indenrigsanliggender, Natur og Miljø. Greenland National Park – strategy plan. Thomas Nielsen, Department of Domestic Affairs, Nature & Environment AECO annual conference Oslo, October 4th 2010.
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Departementet for Indenrigsanliggender, Natur og Miljø
Thomas Nielsen, Department of Domestic Affairs, Nature & Environment
AECO annual conference
Oslo, October 4th 2010
In the Zackenberg agreement between Environmental Ministers of Denmark and Greenland of 7 august 2001, it was decided that a strategy plan should be developed for the National Park,
The Strategy Plan should ensure a gradual protection of the area in line with international obligations and protect an intact ecosystem for future generations.
Seven working groups comprised of relevant authorities and institutions
1. Huts – some are of historical interest and need conservation
2. Ownership of huts
3. Garbage – how to clean up and who is responsible?
4. Tourism – infrastructure and guidelines/rules for tourism
5. Infrastructure – potential for new airport/improvement of harbour in Ittoqqortoormiit
6. Conservation status: Man and Biosphere/National Park
The National Park
Established in 1974
Area: 972.000 km2
Ensure ecosystem conservation, research and recreational use (for the local human population and tourism).
In 1994 mineral exploitation is permitted in the Park.
What are Biosphere Reserves?
Biosphere Reserves should fulfill three functions:
► Nature Conservation
- protection of landscape, ecosystems, biodiversity and genetic variation
- create foundation for economic development that are ecologically and culturally sustainable
- support for learning projects, research, monitoring and education and training in the fields of nature conservation and sustainable development
Implementation requirements include, according to the Seville Strategy:
Strategy Plan should develop zonation of
the area in accordance with international
obligations and political aims.
Use of MAB zone categories to facilitate possible
implementation of the concept.
MAB - zones
Highest protection status. Vulnerable areas. Often a “no-go”-area at least in parts of the year.
Buffer zones are protection zones around
core areas. Activities that do not compromise
conservation aims can be permitted.
Sustainable use of natural resources in
collaboration with and for the benefit of local
GIS database based on various scientific reports identifying important areas of conservation interest (nature, geology, culture) and issued mineral exploration licenses. www.nunagis.gl
Management zones is seen as a tool:
- to ensure fast processing of applications
- to reduce workload in the administration
- to facilitate control of activities in the area
This is sought by establishing specific
regulations for each management zone
Justification for zonation:
And National Park