Management authority and control

The responsibility for general management of the different protected areas is often shared between centralised and local authorities. From 2010, municipalities that include areas of national parks and larger protected areas have had the option of taking over management responsibility. They also take over management responsibility for nature reserves that are fully surrounded by national parks/protected landscape areas.

The management authorities must primarily enforce the protection regulations and design management plans. For all nature conservation areas there are regulations in force and the management work must be in accordance with these. The management authorities are also responsible for information and marking in the protected areas, and they may be responsible for maintenance of paths and bridges. This often involves cooperation with the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management's natural environment inspectorate.