It is the Norwegian authorities’ goal that Svalbard is one of the world’s best managed wilderness areas. The Norwegian Polar Institute participates in the work to achieve this goal through scientific reports, advices and statements in hearings. In addition, the Polar Institute participates in a number of processes that support the management of the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway’s executive environmental authority in Antarctica. This means that anyone planning an activity in Antarctica must contact the Norwegian Polar Institute in advance. Read more about the regulations of activity in Antarctica.