NordBio

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NordBio was a three-year programme launched during the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014. It was an umbrella programme that brought together several different projects and sectors, all of which sought to improve our utilisation of resources and minimise our generation of waste.

NordBio

The Nordic Bioeconomic Initiative (NordBio) was a collaboration that involved five Nordic councils of ministers: Environment; Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry; Trade, Energy and Regional Policies; Education and Research; and Culture. Nordic experts in these areas worked together on projects that promoted the sustainable use of living natural resources. The focus was on social and environmental interests and, in particular, on making it easier to structure a competitive economy and to develop new ways of educating young people.

Projects aimed at generating environmental and social value were given priority. The Nordic countries are well positioned to pave the way for a stronger bio-based economy, so it’s important that they’re at the cutting edge of this area.

NordBio objectives

  • Develop and improve methods for sustainable production and utilisation of products in order to stimulate innovation and the economy, as well as to reduce environmental impact in the Nordic countries.
  • Improve beneficial knowledge in the development of economic and environmental policy by increasing co-operation on research, development, and innovation.
  • Bolster innovation in energy efficiency, food safety, and public health, and promote Nordic production in order to meet the world’s growing needs for food.
  • Report on progress in projects in education in sustainable development.
  • Make research and academic work in sustainable production and utilisation more attractive for future generations.
  • Connect science, technology, education, and culture at different levels of education, in institutions, and in the economy.
  • Create a common Nordic forum and a common Nordic platform for co-operation and the exchange of views across generations and professional groups.

Results from NordBio

The following projects were carried out under the auspices of NordBio:

  • Innovation projects aimed at creating added value, greater efficiency, and increased sustainability in food production and the increased production of biomass. The increased diversity in the utilisation of forestry products and increased added value.
  • The investigation into the opportunities that arise from switching to more environmentally friendly fuels and energy sources on ships.
  • The development of new teaching methods that utilise modern technology and use creativity as a teaching and research method.
  • The strengthening of the ecosystem’s resilience to counteract natural hazards.

Responsibility for NordBio

The Nordic Council of Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS) was responsible for implementing the programme in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment (MR-M), the Nordic Council of Ministers for Trade, Energy and Regional Policies (MR-NER), the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U), and the Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture (MR-K).