Iceland's Environment and Natural Resources 2 ECTS

CMM28 Valnámskeið
Tímabil W36
03.09.12 - 07.09.12
Kennari Georg Haney


The module aims at setting the context for studying about environment and natural resources in Iceland.

As a developed, resource rich, remote and sparsely populated island in the N-Atlantic Ocean, Iceland has distinct aspects, and therefore, the country is not easily comparable to other countries. Such aspects are e.g. the country's geology, geography and demography. In this course, students will become familiar with basic and specific resource management issues and they will discuss and provide possible solutions using selected tools. The aim is to create an understanding of natural resource management in general and the Icelandic context in particular. Selected natural resources will be introduced, such as living marine resources (mainly commercial fish stocks); energy resources; arable land, soils and vegetation; geological and biological resources; scenic landscapes; and land ownership and use. Selected environmental issues will be explained, such as ownership of resources; access to resources; utilization vs. conservation; nature as a source of nationalism; and public environmental awareness in Iceland.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand, discuss, and think critically about a number of selected resource management issues presented in class.
  • Identify, outline, analyse and communicate a selected natural resource management problem presented in class, and provide potential solutions using a resource management tool from the course's toolbox.



[mynd 1 h]Georg Haney holds a MSc in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland and also has a background in mining engineering. He has worked for the Westfjords Natural History Institute (Náttúrustofa Vestfjarða) as a project manager and research specialist, and with the Wilderness Society Inc., Australias biggest grass roots NGO in Tasmania. Currently, he works for the Icelandic Marine Research Istitute's branch in Ísafjörður.

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