Sensitive areas

In order to avoid and limit adverse environmental impacts of mineral exploration in Greenland, the Department of Bioscience has mapped areas of particular importance to wildlife. Data are stored in a GIS-linked database, which forms the basis for the development of regulations (#KORT 3/2) issued by the Greenland Government’s Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum. In this connection,

The Department of Bioscience conducts studies into the disturbances to which animals, among these  geese and caribou, are exposed due to mineral exploration. This is done partly to quantify the effects and partly to consider possible habituation. Also, a vegetation mapping project has been undertaken, based on satellite images (#KORT 3/1).

 


Greenland white-fronted geese in May in the spring staging area Kuuk in Eqalummiut Nunaat, West Greenland. This is one of the three most important West Greenland staging areas for the Greenland white-fronted goose. Photo: Marianne K. Petersen.

 

Projects related to mapping of sensitive areas