The Ecology and Consultancy Department is responsible for research on plant and animal species and communities. It contributes to their protection by providing advice on conservation and sustainable harvest.
Research and monitoring of Iceland’s fox and bird populations and mapping of natural habitats and plant communities are a major part of the department’s activities. The Ecology and Consultancy Department also has responsibility for management of the Nature Conservation Register and implementation of the monitoring plan for key components of the natural environment in Iceland.
This department handles preparation of statements and reports, granting of permits by the IINH, and contracts for public and private sector consultancy projects. Coordination of international projects at the IINH is another departmental task.