Applications for funding in 2023 – biodiversity

27.06.22 | Funding opportunities
Every year the Nordic Working Group for Biodiversity (NBM) funds Nordic collaborative projects that help to stem the loss of biodiversity.


Opportunity category
Financial framework
Total of DKK 3,500,000
Åland Islands
Faroe Islands

Every year the Nordic Working Group for Biodiversity (NBM) funds Nordic collaborative projects that help to stem the loss of biodiversity. See Chapter 5 of the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024:

The assessment of which projects receive funding is based on annual priorities. In 2023, funds will go to Nordic projects relating to biodiversity, sustainable consumption, and sustainable places. Applications that fall within the scope of NBM but outside of this year’s priority area may also be considered. Applicants are encouraged, if relevant, to build on the foundation of previous projects funded by NBM or other working groups.

Priorities for 2023: biodiversity, sustainable consumption, and sustainable locations

In addition to a continued focus on projects that address the decline in biodiversity, in 2023 the Nordic Working Group for Biodiversity will also have a special focus on sustainable consumption and sustainable places.



NBM will prioritise projects whose clear primary purpose is to address the decline in biodiversity, and especially those that relate to initiatives that will have the greatest holistic effect or the greatest effect on species that are particularly vulnerable in one or more of the Nordic countries. The expected effects of measures to cope with biodiversity on the climate and the impact of climate change on nature will be included in NBM’s assessment of applications. The focus of the projects can, for example, be on red-listed species or species that face specific challenges in their migration pattern. Projects can also look at transnational habitat types, for which similar initiatives can improve conditions for biodiversity. It is also desirable to have projects that provide increased knowledge about environmental and cultural crime in the Nordic Region and the impact of this on biodiversity, ecosystems, and the cultural environment. The projects should result in either practical experience with established methods for sharing in the Nordic countries, or new knowledge about species, initiatives, habitats, management, or stress factors for biodiversity in the Nordic Region.


Sustainable consumption

According to the report The Nordic Region and Agenda 2030, UN SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production poses a huge challenge for all of the Nordic countries. Sustainable choices in production and consumption are an important component of a more sustainable future and the production of shared goods based on natural resources. Sustainable consumption and a reduction of the human footprint can promote conditions for biodiversity. There are also several links to NBM’s primary focus areas, including ecosystems and ecosystem services, nature conservation, and outdoor recreation. Therefore, in 2023, NBM is choosing to prioritise projects that seek to contribute to solving the challenges of sustainable consumption and the environment. It may also be relevant to increase knowledge about environmental sustainability aspects for diet and links to One health.


Sustainable places

In 2023, NBM will focus on prioritising projects that look at solutions that can promote the development or further development of sustainable places. “Sustainable” means environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Particular emphasis must be placed on the liveability of places based on nature, the cultural environment, and outdoor recreation. Sustainable urban and location development is part of the solution for sustainable development in accordance with the UN SDG 11. In addition, sub-goal 11.4 looks at stepping up efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

The projects that will be prioritised are those that successfully combine an emphasis on sustainable location with NBM’s primary purpose of promoting biodiversity, ecosystem services, cultural environments and landscapes, or outdoor recreation. Applicants should look at Nordic projects that have been completed in recent years, or ongoing projects under the auspices of other Nordic co-operation groups. Projects that build on or further develop previous projects will be prioritised.


In 2023, NBM will prioritise projects that incorporate outreach as a key element, such as in the form of a webinar, podcast, articles, video, or the like.



Applications must be sent to by 24 May 2022, and must include

  • a signed copy of the application in PDF format
  • a copy of the application in Word.

Only the application form should be submitted. By submitting an application, you consent to Umhvørvisstovan (The Environment Agency of the Faroe Islands) and the Nordic Council of Ministers processing the application and any personal data contained in the application electronically.

Who can apply?

Municipal, regional or national authorities, universities and colleges, research institutes, and other non-profit organisations may apply for funding. Although businesses may not be the main applicants and recipients of funding, they may, for example, be included as project participants, participate in the project group, or be a project performer on behalf of project owner.

Which countries can be included?

At least three Nordic countries must be represented in the project, or two Nordic countries if the third country is Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania. Additional countries may also participate in the project.

Funding is available in the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Åland.

What is NBM looking for when it processes applications?

In processing applications, NBM will look in particular at whether the project:

  • is well organised;
  • has a balanced budget;
  • is well rooted in national natural and cultural heritage administrative bodies;
  • communicates project activities and results in an active and preferably innovative manner;
  • is related to the Nordic countries’ input in international processes;
  • contributes to increased knowledge of the topic in a Nordic context, and/or has transfer value;
  • builds on the knowledge gained from Nordic projects from recent years; and
  • seeks co-operation/co-financing with other relevant working groups. 

One-year or long-term projects

NBM only grants funding for one year at a time.

Funding is available for many topics, but not all

Funding is not provided for research projects. Research projects must apply to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Department for Education, Research and the Labour Market or directly to NordForsk or the Nordic Innovation Centre.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

  • NBM co-ordinator Sigga Jacobsen,, +298 234346
  • NBM director Hákon Ásgeirsson,


Please also read the funding guidelines relating to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ co-operation on the environment and climate here.