Impact assessments


The Svalbard Environmental Protection Act sets requirements for a separate impact assessment for activities that can have more than an insignificant impact on the natural environment outside the planning areas or that can have a significant or long-term environmental or social impact in a planning area.  

The purpose of an impact assessment is to clarify the impact of an activity so as to improve the decision-making process.

Provisions on impact assessments are laid out in sections 59–61 of the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act and in the “Regulations relating to environmental impact assessment and delimitation of the land-use planning areas in Svalbard”.