The Greenland Minerals Authority (GMA) is a collective term for the authorities within the Government of Greenland responsible for all aspects of the mineral exploration and mining in Greenland.
Ministry of Mineral Resources and Labour
The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Labour is responsible for strategy and policy making, and legal aspects of mineral resources and labour in Greenland. Within the ministry, the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority (MLSA) is the one-door administrative authority for licences, mineral resource activities, and licence-related safety matters including supervision and inspections. Licensees and other parties covered by the Mineral Resources Act communicate with the MLSA and receive all notifications, documents and decisions from the MLSA.
The Department of Geology within the Ministry provides geological advice related to licence applications and guidelines, delivers new geoscience data, and promotes Greenland’s mineral resources internationally.
Ministry of Industry and Energy
The Ministry of Industry and Energy is the authority for issues concerning industry policy including social impact assessment (SIA) and Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA) for mineral and hydrocarbon resources, related socio-economic issues as well as all matters related to hydrocarbons, including licensing, geological advice and marketing. Furthermore, the ministry is, according to the Agreement between the Greenland Government and the Danish Government (January 2016), cooperating with the Danish authorities ensuring that any activities, which among others, concern exploration, exploitation and export of radioactive products are done in a way that honors the Kingdom of Denmark’s international obligations to use nuclear material only for peaceful purpose.
Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities
The Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities (EAMRA), under the Ministry of Environment and Nature, is the administrative authority for environmental matters relating to mineral and hydrocarbon resource activities, including protection of the environment and nature, environmental liability and environmental impact assessments.