The environment status of current projects and scientific assessments

The videos are available in Danish and Greenlandic.
Kindly contact eamra@nanoq.gl should you require an english transcript

The videos are available in Danish and Greenlandic.
Kindly contact eamra@nanoq.gl should you require an english transcript

The videos are available in Danish and Greenlandic.
Kindly contact eamra@nanoq.gl should you require an english transcript

We recommend that you watch the videos at the top and get an overview first.

Here you can:

  • Move the mouse to the name of the mining project. You will be shown on the overview below, where the project is in the EIA process.
  • Click on the map and view on the nunagis.gl, where the project is located
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Timeline

  • Geological investigations

    Geological exploration and investigations.

  • Initial environmental studies

    Initial environmental studies are carried out.

  • The project is promising

    The project is promising. The company submits a work plan for the environmental assessment including terms of reference. The plan must be submitted in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

  • Scientific advisers ask questions

    EAMRA's scientific advisors assess the plan. There are follow-up questions.

  • The questions are answered

    The company answers the questions, makes additional studies or changes.

  • Terms of reference are ready

    EAMRA has no more comments to the terms of reference.

  • Public consultation of the plan and terms of reference

    Public consultation - 35 days in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

  • White paper

    Consultation responses are written in a public document with all comments (white paper). The white paper is translated into Greenlandic, Danish and English.

  • The white paper is updated

    The company shall comment on the white paper - and align its plans with the incoming comments.

  • Baseline studies are performed

    The company prepares a draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) based on the terms of reference. The company conducts background studies of all relevant factors (baseline).

  • Draft EIA

    The company sends a draft EIA to EAMRA, including technical documentation and data.

  • Assessment of the draft EIA

    EAMRA's scientific advisers assess whether the draft EIA complies with the requirements of the Mineral Resources Act and applicable guidelines. There are follow-up questions.

  • Evaluation of the draft EIA

    It is common to submit several drafts for the EIA document and that the process is repeated several times.

  • Extra EIA studies

    The company answers the questions, makes additional EIA studies or changes.

  • EAMRA assesses the draft EIA

    EAMRA assesses whether the draft EIA meets the requirements of the Mineral Resources Act and applicable guidelines. Consultation documents must be in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

  • Public consultation

    Naalakkersuisut sends the draft EIA in public consultation and calls for consultation meetings. The consultation period is a minimum of 8 weeks.

  • White paper

    All comments from the consultation are written down in a white paper again.

  • Commenting on the white paper

    EAMRA's scientific advisers also review and comment on the white paper. The white paper is translated into Greenlandic, Danish and English.

  • Final EIA and white paper

    The final EIA and white paper are presented for approval by Naalakkersuisut.

  • Approval of the EIA and white paper

    When Naalakkersuisut has approved the following documents, the company can submit an application for an exploitation permit, which includes: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA). Feasibility Study. Navigational Safety Investigation.

  • Exploitation licence

    The exploitation licence contains conditions that the company must comply with the EIA and SIA.

  • Exploitation and closure plans

    Approval of exploitation and closure plans.

  • Activity approvals

    Activity approvals are prepared and approved.

  • Construction of the mine

    Construction of the mine can begin.