About Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund was established in 2007 as an economic instrument to protect the environment on Svalbard.
The fund was created by the Ministry of Climate and Environment in accordance with The Svalbard Act.
Where do the funds come from?
From April 1st 2007, everyone visiting Svalbard have to pay an environmental tax of NOK 150. The tax is automatically added to the ticket prices by airlines and cruise companies. The revenues generated by this tax goes to Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. Svalbard’s residents also pay this tax but may get a refund.
How are the funds used?
The funds are intended to initiate and stimulate projects and measures that aim to protect the Svalbard’s natural environment. Private and public enterprises, organizations and individuals may apply for funding.
The Governor of Svalbard is the secretariat of the fund. Grants are allocated by a board elected by the Ministry of Climate and Environment.
Funds are granted to support
- Mapping and monitoring the natural environment
- Studies of the causes and consequences of various environmental impacts
- Restoring the state of the environment, if something is changed, damaged or deteriorated
- Care, maintenance and examination of cultural heritage sites
- Information, training and facilitation related to nature, cultural heritage, and sustainable use of nature