The practical maps are the most important innovation on the website. You can choose your own local area , region or whole country. Then you can select one or more environmental issues and render maps with customized information.
-The new map system allows you to zoom in on your neighborhood. You can search the contaminated areas on land and in water, flood prone areas, protection of nature and much more, “said Ingunn Selvik , editor of Environment .
The site covers most of environmental issues with both straightforward review articles and more detailed technical information. You can also find links to laws , agreements , national environmental targets and other sites. In this frame, the site promises a great resource for journalists, students and public employees.
What is State of the Environment Norway?
State of the Environment Norway aims to provide the latest information about the state and development of the environment. The service presents environmental topics in a simple and easy-to-follow way and provides access to more detailed scientific presentations. On most of the pages you will also find further information about legislation and international agreements, environmental targets, references and relevant links. In addition you may download the latest data sets.
Who is responsible for State of the Environment Norway?
The Ministry of the Environment has assigned the production of State of the Environment Norway to the environmental authorities. The Climate and Pollution Agency has the overall editorial responsibility.
The content has been produced and quality checked by the respective environmental agencies. The Directorate for Nature Management is responsible for the topics on “biological diversity” and “outdoor recreation”, while the Directorate for Cultural Heritage is responsible for the topic on “cultural heritage”. The Norwegian Polar Institute has prepared the topic about “polar regions”, and The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority is responsible for “radioactive contamination”. The Climate and Pollution Agency is responsible for “water pollution”, “hazardous chemicals”, “climate and ozone”, “noise”, “air pollution”, “waste” and “international co-operation”.
Statistics Norway, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research have supplied the service with data.