Sensitive areas

In order to assess and mitigate impacts of mineral exploration in Greenland, DCE for some years, has mapped areas of particular importance to wildlife. Data are stored in a GIS-linked database which is the basis for the development of rules and regulations issued by the Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum. The department also has conducted disturbance studies on geese and caribou to quantify effects and possible habituation. A vegetation mapping project based on satellite images is also of relevance in this context.


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