MINDING THE FUTURE
IN A CHANGING NORDIC REALITY
CONFERENCE ON BIOECONOMY AND THE OUTCOME OF THE NORDBIO PROJECTS
The Icelandic NordBio steering group committee and the Nordic Council of Ministers hosted an international conference Minding the future. Bioeconomy in a changing Nordic reality. This lively, informative and inspiring conference was held in Reykjavik, Iceland 5 – 6 October 2016, at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.
The program included stimulating plenary sessions and lively seminars dedicated to this theme. A broad participation from different sectors enriched the meeting as scientists, experts, scholars, policy makers, politicians, public and private sectors, as well as NGOs gathered in Harpa, Reykjavík. http://nordbio2016.yourhost.is/
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hosted a special workshop
MINDING FUTURE DISASTERS
Man-made and natural changes in the environment will challenge the resilience of future societies. What are these changes and how can they be met to avoid potential disasters?
Dr. Guðmundur Halldórsson, Soil Conservation Service of
Iceland and the coordinator of the ERMOND project held a short introduction prior to a panel discussions that took place under direction Ms. Þóra Arnórsdóttir, the NordBio meeting facilitator and panel moderator.
Panel experts discussed various aspects of natural disaster and their challenges in future societies. Panelist were:
- Ásdís Hlökk Theodórsdóttir
Director of the Icelandic National Planning Agency
- David Finger
Lector at the University of Reykjavík
- Ólafur Arnalds
Professor at the Agricultural University of Iceland
- Sigrún Karlsdóttir
Director of Natural Hazards at the Icelandic Met Office
- Jannes Stolte
Head of Department Land Use and Management, Bioforsk, Norway
After the panel discussion Ms. Sigrún Magnúsdóttir the Minister for the environment and natural resources, address the meeting, on the
occasion of the signature of an agreement for Hekluskógar reforestation project in Iceland.
Dr. Árni Bragason director of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Dr. Þröstur Eysteinsson director of the Icelandic Forest Service and minister Ms. Sigrún Magnúsdóttir signed a new five-year extension contract for this cooperation project ensuring an annual budget of 27.5 million ISK to Hekluskógar, the largest revegetation project in Iceland.