Reports

Future Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the West Nordic Countries

Published:

01/12/2014

Authors:

Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir, Lilja Magnúsdóttir, Birgir Örn Smárason, Gunnar Þórðarson, Birgit Johannessen, Elísabet Kemp Stefánsdóttir, Birgitte Jacobsen, Unn Laksá, Hrönn Ólína Jörundsdóttir, Svein Ø. Solberg, Rólvur Djurhuus, Sofie Erbs-Maibing, Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Kjartan Hoydal, Guðmundur Óli Hreggviðsson, Guðmundur Bjarki Ingvarsson, Amalie Jessen, Hörður G. Kristinsson, Daði Már Kristófersson, Nette Levermann, Nuka Møller Lund, Josephine Nymand, Ólafur Reykdal, Janus Vang, Helge Paulsen, Sveinn Margeirsson

Supported by:

The Nordic Council of Ministers Arctic Co-operation Program, NKJ (Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research), AG-Fisk (Working Group for Fisheries Co-operation), SNS (Nordic Forest Research), NordGen (the Nordic Genetic Resource Center ) and Matis.

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Birgir Örn Smárason

Group Leader

birgir@matis.is

Future Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the West Nordic Countries

The report provides an overview of life resources in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, their utilization and future opportunities based on green growth. The report is a good basis for purposeful policy-making and emphasis in innovation for future development in the area. On the basis of the project, an implementation plan has been formulated with four main emphases; 1. Establishment of a West Nordic Bioeconomy Panel, 2. Establishment of an interdisciplinary West Nordic Center of Excellence, 3. Arctic Bioeconomy II - a project focusing on the analysis of opportunities in the field of biotechnology and 4. A special program focusing on the “Blue the bioeconomy ”.

This final report provides an overview of bioresources in the West Nordic region focusing on Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, their utilization and future opportunities based on green growth. The report provides good basis for strategic identification of beneficial projects in the region. Based on the results, a specific action plan has been formed consisting of four main actions; 1. Create a West Nordic Bioeconomy panel, 2. Establish an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence (CoE) for the West Nordic region, 3. Arctic bioeconomy II - Project focusing on opportunities in biotechnology and 4. Program focusing on “The Blue Bioeconomy”.

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Reports

Future Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the West Nordic Country Executive Executive Summary & Action Plan, Discussions and Conclusions, Overview of Opportunities Identified in the Report

Published:

01/12/2014

Authors:

Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir, Lilja Magnúsdóttir, Birgir Örn Smárason, Gunnar Þórðarson, Birgit Johannessen, Elísabet Kemp Stefánsdóttir, Birgitte Jacobsen, Unn Laksá, Hrönn Ólína Jörundsdóttir, Svein Ø. Solberg, Rólvur Djurhuus, Sofie Erbs-Maibing, Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Kjartan Hoydal, Guðmundur Óli Hreggviðsson, Guðmundur Bjarki Ingvarsson, Amalie Jessen, Hörður G. Kristinsson, Daði Már Kristófersson, Nette Levermann, Nuka Møller Lund, Josephine Nymand, Ólafur Reykdal, Janus Vang, Helge Paulsen, Sveinn Margeirsson

Supported by:

The Nordic Council of Ministers Arctic Co-operation Program, NKJ (Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research), AG-Fisk (Working Group for Fisheries Co-operation), SNS (Nordic Forest Research), NordGen (the Nordic Genetic Resource Center ) and Matis.

contact

Birgir Örn Smárason

Group Leader

birgir@matis.is

Future Opportunities for Bioeconomy in the West Nordic Countries

The report summarizes a summary section, action plan, discussions and conclusions, and an overview of opportunities from the final report of the Arctic Bioeconomy project.

The report contains the executive summary, action plan, discussions and conclusions and overview of opportunities identified in the final report of the project Arctic Bioeconomy.

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Reports

Coastal communities and coastal fisheries in the N-Atlantic (Kystsamfund): A summary report on conference proceedings

Published:

01/11/2014

Authors:

Jónas R. Viðarsson, Audun Iversen, Edgar Henriksen, Bengt Larson, Carl-Axel Ottosson, Henrik S. Lund, Durita Djurhuus, Auðunn Konráðsson, Tønnes Berthelsen, Heather Manuel, David Decker, Sveinn Agnarsson, Halldór Ármannsson, Staffan Waldo, Johan Blomquist , Max Nielsen, Hrafn Sigvaldason, Bjarni Sigurðsson

Supported by:

The Working Group for Fisheries Co-operation (AG-Fisk) of the Nordic Council of Ministers _ AG-fisk project 108-2014

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Jónas Rúnar Viðarsson

Head of Value Creation

jonas@matis.is

Coastal communities and coastal fisheries in the N-Atlantic (Kystsamfund): A summary report on conference proceedings

A conference titled “Coastal fisheries and coastal communities in the N-Atlantic” was held on September 27th 2014 in connection with the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition www.icefish.is, which took place in Kópavogur, Iceland on September 25-27. The motivation for the conference is that coastal fisheries and coastal communities in the N-Atlantic are currently faced with numerous operational and social challenges, but at the same time new opportunities have arisen. Some of these challenges and opportunities are specific to each country and some are common to the area as a whole. The aim of the conferences was to identify these challenges and opportunities, and to discuss how they can be addressed at national and / or cooperative Nordic level. The conference was attended by fifty stakeholders from seven N-Atlantic countries. At the conference, representatives from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Newfoundland had presentations on the coastal fishing sector and the coastal communities in their countries. They also deliberated on the future prospects of the traditional fishing villages, taking into consideration current trends and upcoming opportunities. These country profiles were followed by a presentation on a Nordic research project that is set to examine wages in the Nordic coastal sectors and to compare them with other professions. The last presentation of the conference was aimed at comparing operational environment in the coastal sector in Iceland and Norway, as Icelandic fishermen working in Norway introduced their experience in running their business in Norway as opposed to Iceland. The planned agenda included a presentation from the chairman of the Icelandic Regional Development Institute, which had intended to deliberate on the institute's strategy to support regional development. But he unfortunately had to cancel with only a few hours advance, which made it impossible to find a replacement. Following is a short summary of each presentation, but pdf versions and video recordings along with numerous other supporting material is available at the project's web-page www.coastalfisheries.net.

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