The NordBio program

nordbio_logoThe Ermond project is part of the NordBio program.

The NordBio is a three year program initiated under the Icelandic chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014. The NordBio program is an umbrella program uniting a number of different projects and sectors.

The Nordic bio-economy initiative (NordBio) is a collaboration project involving five Nordic Councils of Ministers: Environment; Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry; Trade, Energy and Regional Policies; Education and Research; and finally Culture.

Nordic experts in these fields will pool their efforts in working on projects promoting sustainable utilization of the living natural resources. The focus will be on the interests of both society at large and the environment per se, and facilitating the structuring of a competitive economy as well as new methods in youth education.

Three governmental ministries in Iceland, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the collaboration network under whose umbrella they fall will work together under Iceland’s chairmanship programme on conditions for the Nordic bio-economy. The Icelandic ministries in question are the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The implementation of the programme will therefore require close multidisciplinary collaboration.

The focus will be on projects aimed at adding value for the environment and society. The Nordic countries are in a strong position for clearing the way to a stronger biobased economy, so it is important that they lead the way in this field.

The NordBio program coordinator is Hólmfríður Sveinsdóttir (


The ongoing projects under the Nordic Bioeconomy (NordBio) umbrella with relation to Iceland’s program for their presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2014:

  • Biophilia
    Creativity as an educational and scientific tool.
  • Ermond
    Natural disasters – Nature´s solutions
  • Innovation in the Nordic bioeconomy
    Product development, sustainable food production and biomass.
  • Marina
    Emission reduction and increased use of alternative fuels in marine applications
  • WoodBio
    Wood biomass in the Nordic Bioeconomy

Other smaller NordBio projects include: Sustainable Nordic Protein ProductionNordic bio-resources: mapping sustainability criteriaInnovation from organic wasteOrganic waste as a resource for innovation.

Further information about the NordBio program can be found here

Short article about Nordbio in “Green growth the Nordic Way” can be found here