Umhverfisstofnun ‐ The Environment Agency of Iceland (Umhverfisstofnun)

Updated 2012-08-28

The Environment Agency operates under the direction of the Ministry for the Environment. It's role is to promote the protection as well as sustainable use of Iceland’s natural resources, as well as public welfare by helping to ensure a healthy environment, and safe consumer goods. Areas of operation: 1. Information and advice for the public, businesses and regulatory authorities 2. Monitoring of environmental quality 3. Evaluation of environmental impact assessment and development plans 4. Operation supervision, inspection, operating permits, etc. 5. Assessment of conservation effects and registration of unique nature 6. Management and supervision of designated protected areas 7. Wildlife management and conservation 8. Eco‐labeling 9. Labeling and handling of toxic as well as other hazardous substances 10. Coordination of health and safety in public places 11. Coordination of local environmental and health inspectorates 12. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) Main gaps: Metadata archives and metadata availability Network type: ‐ Thematic observations ‐ Community based observations ‐ Coordination

Time frame

Project time span
2003 -
Data collection
2003 -
Data processing
2003 -
Data reporting
2003 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Kristín Linda Árnadóttir, Director General

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Protected areas, wildlife, toxics, Genetically modified foods (GMF), waste management

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Umhverfisstofnun ‐ The Environment Agency of Iceland (Umhverfisstofnun)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Not specified Networks: Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE LRTAP), Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar), UN CSD (UN CSD), Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan (Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan), OSPAR (OSPAR), UNFCCC (UNFCCC), International Maritime Organization (IMO), Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UNEP (UNEP), European Environment Agency (EEA), Arctic Council (Arctic Council)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

Yes, not further elaborated

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