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Basic information

Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The NSDS was adopted by the government in 2002. An SD indicators report was published in 2006. The NSDS was reviewed 2009 and approved by the Government in July 2010. An English version will be available on the homepage of the Ministry in the middle of February 2011.

Type of SD strategy

NSDS covers the environmental and social dimension and sustainable use of the natural resources. In the new version there is a special focus on sustainable production and consumption and education for sustainable develpment.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Ministry for the Environment

Link to the SD strategy

'Welfare for the Future' (2002)

The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

Further information about
the SD strategy process

'Statistical Indicators 2006'


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National Implementation of 2030 Agenda for SD

[No information available]


Leading Ministry and
respective unit
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Other ministries involved [No information available]
Main contact point for the
implementation process
[No information available]
Links to main websites/
documents on national
implementation of the
2030 Agenda and SDGs
[No information available]
Voluntary National Reviews [No information available]


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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration


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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration


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Evaluation and Review

The NSDS will be revised every four years and will, according to Icelandic law on nature conservation, be the main theme at every other environmental assembly (every fourth year). The current NSDS was revised in 2009 and a new publication with main priorities for the period 2010-2013 has been published.

The main objectives are the same as in the 2002 NSDS but in the new version there is a special focus on sustainable consumption and production and education for sustainable development.

(English version:


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Indicators and Monitoring

Iceland's NSDS presents a set of 38 indicators associated with the seventeen main objectives outlined in the strategy. The indicators are used for monitoring and are updated on a regular basis. The 2006 indicator report 'Statistical Indicators 2006' uses an updated SDI set consisting of 56 indicators.

The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

Indicator report (2006)

In connection with the national environmental assambly in 2009 the report Enviroment and Natural Ressourceswas published. In the report most of the indicators from 2006 are updated. The report has not been translated into English, but an Icelandic version can be found on the homepage of the Ministry:

The full list(s) of indicators as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:


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Every four years the priorities in the strategy is reviewed by a cross ministerial committee  a draft strategy is presented at the national environmental assembly. The assembly is open to the public and is a venue where the public administration, municipalities and NGO’s meet to discuss the draft strategy.  In the last years there has been a special focus to stimulate the participation of youth in the environmental assemblies . As a follow up of the assembly proposals from the participants are taken into consideration and a website is open for everyone who wishes to contribute with ideas and recommendations for priorities in the new strategy period. 


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Sub-national activities

Most of the municipalities in Iceland have their own strategy for Local Agenda 21 and the big majority of the municipalities have signed the so called Ólafsvíkur-declaration where they declare that they locally will strive for sustainable development in the municipalities.


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This Country Profile has been last updated on: Wednesday, 05 December 2012

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