ICELAND


1. MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

ESTABLISHED: 1993

MISSION: Iceland's first national environmental strategy, entitled "Towards Sustainable Development", was approved by the Government in February 1993. Subsequently, the Government requested the Minister for the Environment to supervise the development of a comprehensive sustainable development action plan to facilitate the implementation of the strategy. For this purpose, the Minister for the Environment established seven task forces with broad-based participation of representatives from the legislative assembly, the government administration, local authorities, interest groups and non-governmental organizations. The work is under the direction of the Secretary-General of the Ministry for the Environment.

MEMBERSHIP:

a. COMPOSITION (Number of members per sector):

Ministries and governmental agencies:    	35
Non-Governmental Organizations:     	 6
Academic/Research Institutions:     		12
Business/Productive Sector:   		               11		
Others:                         	 4
TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS:      			56
b. LISTA OF MEMBERS/ORGANIZATIONS:
PRESIDENT:  Magnús Jóhannesson, Secretary-General, Ministry for the Environment.  
MEMBER Organizations:
Ministry for the Environment
Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of Health and Social Security
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Fisheries
Institute of Regional Development
Marine Research Institute
Environment and Food Agency
Technological Institute
Soil Conservation Service
Geodetic Survey
Institute of Natural History
Nature Conservation Council
National Energy Authority
Agricultural Research Institute
Fisheries Laboratories
Forestry Research Institute
Directorate of Shipping
Physical Planning Agency
Institute of Freshwater Fisheries
Wildlife Management Unit
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Lighthouse and Port Authorities
Public Roads Administration
Legislative Assembly
Agricultural Society
Tourist Board
Fisheries Association
National Power Company
District Heating Association
Association of Electric Utilities
Union of Local Authorities
Federation of Labour
Merchant Navy and Fishing Vessels Officers Guild
Touring Club
Federation of Travel Agencies
Travel Guide Association
Teachers' Union
Teachers' Association
Federation of Women's Societies
Union of Owners of Small Fishing Vessels
Landwardens' Association
Environmental Union
Environmental Society Líf of Land
Federation of Fishing Vessel Owners
Consumers' Union
Federation of Fish-Processing Industries
Federation of Manufacturing Industries
Seamen's Federation
Forestry Association
Farmers' Union
General and Transport Workers' Federation
Association of Marine Engineers
Confederation of Employers