The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland (SCSI, Landgræðsla ríkisins) was founded in 1907

The Soil Conservation Service of Iceland is a governmental agency under the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources. The main tasks of the SCSI include combating desertification, sand encroachment and other soil erosion, promotion of sustainable land use and reclamation and restoration of degraded land. The work is on different levels, from policy making and research, to extension services and management of large- and small-scale reclamation projects.

Ecosystem degradation is by far the largest environmental problem in Iceland. Vast areas have been desertified after over-exploitation – the speed of erosion magnified by volcanic activity and harsh weather conditions. SCSI is dedicated to the prevention of erosion and to reclamation of eroded land.

The SCSI has four divisions: Land Protection, Research and Development, Public Relations and Administration. The agencies headquarters are at Gunnarsholt in S-Iceland, and district offices are located at Hvanneyri in Borgarfjörður, W-Iceland, Sauðárkrókur, N-Iceland, Húsavík, NE-Iceland, Egilsstaðir, E-Iceland and in Reykjavík .

The visitor centre Sagnagardur

 

The United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme

Revegetation and Landcare in Iceland

Main projects

Árni Bragason

Árni Bragason

Director

Tel. 488 3021 / 699 6262
arni.bragason@land.is

 

Guðjón Magnússon

Guðjón Magnússon

Public Relation

Tel. 488 3000 / 488 3093
gudjon@land.is

 

Hulda Karlsdóttir

Hulda Karlsdóttir

Administration

Tel. 488 3000 / 488 3030 /
695 1708
hulda@land.is

 

Magnús H. Jóhannsson

Magnús H. Jóhannsson

Research and Development

Tel.  488 3019 / 691 1849
magnus@land.is

Gústav M. Ásbjörnsson

Gústav M. Ásbjörnsson

Land protection

Tel. 488 3050 / 863 0127
gustav@land.is

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Soil Conservation Service of Iceland
Gunnarsholti, 851 Hella, Iceland

E-mail: land@land.is – Tel.: +354 488 3000 – Fax: +354 488 3010

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-16:00

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