The Danish Environmental Protection Agency

We are part of the Danish Ministry of the Environment and Food – with several thousand colleagues employed in various agencies and boards which are also part of the Ministry.

The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for legislation and is the authority in charge of major national tasks as well as particularly complex tasks.

Our work in the Environmental Protection Agency covers many topics within the fields of the environment, nature and health: chemicals, pesticides, gene technology, soil, waste, nature conservation, management of invasive species, hunting and environmental technology. The range of tasks is broad. Public and private actors shape the field of environmental policy, and the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for preserving our shared nature values while performing satisfactory service to citizens and companies. 

The Environmental Protection Agency prepares legislation and guidelines and grants authorisations in several areas. Further duties include the monitoring such different phenomena as protected species, chemicals and offshore platforms.

In protecting the environment, we must aim for simple, comprehensible rules that constitute the least possible administrative burden on business and the general public. At the same time we must ensure that fields of action are mutually supportive at both national and international levels. A high quality environment and sustainable growth go hand in hand.

The Danish Nature Agency

The Danish Nature Agency is an agency under the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, which manages tasks in forests, natural areas and along the shores of Denmark.

The Danish Nature Agency manages the Ministry's approximately 200,000 hectares of forests and natural areas, to create the greatest possible value for society in terms of good conditions for outdoor recreation, nature protection and efficient operation of the Agency's forests and other natural areas.

The Danish Nature Agency carries out practical tasks within hunting and game management and specific outdoor and nature projects - often in collaboration with other authorities, organizations and volunteers.

The Danish Coastal Authority is a department within the Danish Nature Agency and is the authority for 7,300 of coastline and 103,000 km2 of Danish territorial waters. The Danish Coastal Authority manages functional and regulatory tasks concerning coastal protection, dune conservation, beach protection and the Danish state’s sovereignty over territorial waters. The Danish Coastal Authority guides citizens, municipalities and other stakeholders in matters concerning the coast.


Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University

Bioscience is about life in all respects. We teach, provide consultancy and research in life; right from bacteria to whales over genes to ecosystems and from basic research to applied biology in nature management and biotechnology. With approximately 500 staff and more than 500 students at Bachelor and Master levels as well as 130 thesis writing students the department is organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The research in the section of Wildlife Ecology relates to birds and mammals, however, the work includes zoological population biology in general. Our task is to investigate and provide consultancy on species’ population dynamics and behaviour in general and when interacting with people and the society. Therefore, we study the spatial and seasonal movements of mammals and we study the migratory paths e.g. of waterfowl. We also study how hunting and hunting regulations, changing agricultural practices, land use and climate change, recreational activities (e.g. running, cycling, sailing and hunting), and major technical facilities (e.g. roads, bridges and windmills) affect the living conditions of the populations, and we also study how different species affect each other, e.g. by means of predation.

The research in the section of Wildlife Ecology forms the basis for preparing management plans and other science based consultancy to the authorities. The section is responsible for preparing the Danish statistics on hunting yield, wing analyses and monitoring stocks of e.g. ducks and geese. This represents a substantial part of the national monitoring of birds and mammals in Denmark. The section is involved in environmental impact assessments for authorities and private parties and we contribute to teaching and developing talent with the aim of educating master students and PhDs with the necessary expertise in nature and wildlife management.