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How to get an exploitation licence

Steps for getting an exploitation licence

Terms of Reference for EIA and SIA

After consultation with the relevant Ministries (for EIA the EAMRA, and for SIA the MMR), a Terms of Reference in three languages (English, Danish and Greenlandic) must be submitted to the GMA.

Pre-consultation 35 days

Terms of Reference for both EIA and SIA is published on the Government’s hearing portal for 35 days to receive public comments. At the end of the period the Licensee must address all comments in the three languages in a White Paper, and revise and resubmit a final Terms of Reference.

Submit EIA and SIA

Following consultation with the relevant ministries, a draft EIA and SIA in three languages must be submitted to the GMA. Visit the guidelines for preparing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA).

Public consultations and hearings min. 8 weeks

The draft EIA and SIA is published on the Government’s hearing portal for a minimum of 8 weeks. During this period public hearings are held in relevant towns and settlements. At the end of the hearing period the Licensee must address all comments in the three languages in a White Paper, and revise the EIA and SIA. Following consultation with authorities, a final EIA and SIA is submitted to the GMA.

IBA negotiations

The Licensee must negotiate the Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with the Government and the relevant municipality/municipalities. Further information under this agreement can be found under Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA).

Drafting exploitation licence

The GMA prepares the exploitation licence document, providing the overall framework for the licence. Further information on this document can be found under Exploitation permit (§16).

Social Impact Assessment

Navigational Safety Investigation

Environmental Impact Assessment