ERMOND is a project within the NordBio program, a three year program initiated under the Icelandic chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014. Ermond is an acronym for “Ecosystem resilience for mitigation of natural disasters”.
Ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) involve using sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk, with the aim of achieving sustainable and resilience development.
NordBio aims to utilise the enormous potential in building on bioeconomy in the Nordic Region. NordBio is a program uniting a broad spectrum of sectors in this effort, serving as an umbrella uniting a number of different projects and sectors, all with the aim of improving the way we use our resources and minimize our generation of waste.
More information about ongoing NordBio projects can be found here.
The development of the Nordic Bioeconomy needs to go hand in hand with the protection against natural hazards, which is the aim of the ERMOND (Ecosystem resilience for mitigation of natural disasters) project. Therefore, the ERMOND project will be closely linked to other projects under the NordBio umbrella, through exploring possibilities of reducing effects of natural disasters in specific case study areas in cooperation with projects aiming for a regional build-up of societies and bio-resources.
The ERMOND project has strong links to the Nordic Environmental Action Plan 2013–2018. Within the Nordic region there is ongoing work on how to meet AICHI targets of restoration of damaged ecosystems. The primary aim of that work is to secure biodiversity, but by restoring ecosystems the resilience of the system will increase and thereby benefit the aims of the ERMOND project.