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  • Nordic action for climate – NDF RESULTS REPORT 20232024Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The Nordic Development Fund is the joint Nordic international finance institution (IFI) focusing on the nexus between climate change and development in lower income countries. 

    NDF's 2023 Results Report highlights NDF's contributions to tackling global challenges at the intersection of climate and development. This report is enriched with data and showcasing voices behind the data. 

    This year, NDF's co-financing contributed to catalysing EUR 1.4. billion additional climate finance and increasing access to clean energy to 57 million people, of which 50% are women. NDF also supported jobs for over 85,000 people in the countries we work in, of which 40% are women. In this report, you will see gender equality actively reflected in the projects and data that we are showcasing.

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  • Access and Rights to Genetic Resources 2023 – The Kalmar II Declaration2024Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Genetic resources are genetic material of actual and potential value that may be important to humans and life on earth. A great variety of genetic resources is a prerequisite for natural selection, adaptation, and evolution. Access to the world’s genetic resources and a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits that arise from their use are therefore important matters that are regulated in several national and international forums. 

    The Nordic countries have a long history of more than 50 years of collaboration within conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources.

    The technological and political advancements since the adoption of the Kalmar Declaration twenty years ago have made it evident that a new Nordic take is needed. The Nordic Council of Ministers Declaration on Access and Rights to Genetic Resources 2023 – The Kalmar II Declaration, address these changes.

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  • Claësson Kaarsgaard, Simon
    et al.
    Bauer, Bjørn
    Rosado, Leonardo
    Kassi, Tuuli
    Ekblad, Maria
    Skattenborg, Regina
    Nordic Network for Circular Construction: WP 3 - Metrics for circularity2024Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This report constitutes the final delivery of Work Package 3 in the Nordic Network for Circular Construction (NNCC) programme. The programme's goal is to accelerate the implementation of circular economy practices in the Nordic construction sector. WP 3 aims to develop a joint Nordic monitoring model for circular construction. The present report summarises findings and conclusions from a two-year effort identifying and analysing indicators for circular construction. Stakeholders from the Nordic countries have been involved in discussing the feasibility and relevance of several hundred indicators. 11 indicators have been thoroughly analysed. A strategy for implementation of the new monitoring framework for circular construction is proposed.

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  • Christmas Møller, Line
    et al.
    Sjögren, Lina
    Sørensen, Henriette
    Bæredygtige og tilgængelige arrangementer2024Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [da]

    Planlægger du større arrangementer for Nordisk Ministerråd? Dette er din guide til at skabe faglige møder, konferencer og arrangementer, både digitale og fysiske, der er mere bæredygtige og tilgængelige. Med 10 styrende principper og adskillige gode praktiske råd inden for 14 nøgleområder, peger guiden på de steder, hvor du kan træffe miljøvenlige og inkluderende valg. Norden har en vision om at blive verdens mest bæredygtige og integrerede region i 2030. Og mens arrangementer er vigtige faglige og sociale fora, hvor vi fremmer nordiske løsninger, bidrager de samtidig til stor miljøbelastning, transport og forbrug. Her får du konkrete redskaber til at reducere udledningen og fjerne barrierer for lige deltagelse ved nordiske arrangementer.

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  • NordForsk, NordForsk
    New report out now: Insights on impact 20242024Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Overview of results and effects reported by active NordForsk funded projects reported in our submission period 2024. The report contains data on publications, policy influence, dissemination activities and other impact indicators.

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  • Vilmunen, Jouko
    et al.
    Junttila, Juha
    Andersen, Torben
    Lassenius Kramp, Paul
    Hove Ravn, Søren
    Kellokumpu, Jenni
    Savolainen, Leena
    Pesola, Simo
    Ripatti, Antti
    Hetemäki, Martti
    Sölvi Kristjánsson, Arnaldur
    Olafsdottir, Katrin
    Holter, Hans A.
    Ferreira, Ana M.
    Krogh, Tord
    Sigonius, Markus
    Harmenberg, Karl
    Nordic Economic Policy Review 2024: Fiscal Policy in Uncertain Times2024Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Global Financial Crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have had vastly negative effects on economies and increased the risk of political instability in all corners of the world. One particular consequence has been a renewed interest in the efficiency of conventional macroeconomic policies, fiscal policy in particular. This edition of the Nordic Economic Policy Review, provides a rich perspective on fiscal stabilisation in Nordic countries, highlighting different challenges in managing national economies during uncertain times.

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  • Schmitz, Matthias
    et al.
    Heyne, Stefan
    Gentile, Valentin
    Hoffmann, Paula
    Hippinen, Ilkka
    Lintilä, Ari
    Rikberg, Erika
    Waste incineration in the Nordic countries: A status assessment with regard to emissions and recycling2024Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Nordic countries have long since adopted waste incineration instead of landfilling to handle their combustible waste while decreasing the environmental impact. In this report, we compare the countries and look into the future of waste incineration by trying to answer questions like:

     • How important is waste incineration for the energy sector in the Nordic countries?• Can circular economy goals be achieved while the waste sector continues to supply electricity and heat?

     • Is it possible to determine an optimal size of the sector in the Nordic countries?• What is the role of technology development and environmental legislation in the sector's path to reduced emissions?

     • Can CC(U)S be implemented in an environmentally responsible and profitable way? If so, what policy framework is needed for this?

     • What policy instruments are needed for an optimal level of waste incineration?

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  • Engelbrecht Hansen, Amalie
    et al.
    Mandrupsen, Morten N.
    Hørning, Peter
    Fischer-Bogason, Rikke
    End-of-life treatment of Hydrofluoroole-fins (HFOs)2024Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This report examines the current use of hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), also called unsaturated hydrofluorocarbons (uHFC) in the Nordic countries and maps the existing systems to secure the safe recovery, collection, and treatment of HFOs that are no longer in use. Furthermore, this study explores and proposes measures and options for effective systems for collecting and treating HFOs in the Nordic countries when they are no longer needed. In addition to the Nordic countries of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Germany and Switzerland were also included to provide a beyond Nordic perspective.

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  • Olsen, Ragnhild Kr.
    Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    Conclusion. Making sense of a crisis2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 165-182Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The Conclusion of this book is closely connected to Chapter 1. As expressed in the Introduction, these chapters, serving as bookends, are designed to be read in conjunction with each other. In this Conclusion, I reflect upon the six building blocks of journalism innovation – resources, technology, organisation, management, culture, and business model – while summing up the empirical chapters of the book. In response to our overarching research question asking how Norwegian news media responded to the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of innovation and value creation, we have found that the crisis served as a catalyst for innovation, a critical test of resilience, and an amplifier of value creation. Based on the insights from our empirical studies, we conclude that the crisis stimulated renewal and transformation, which changed – at least in the short term – how news media operated and created value, economically as well as socially.

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  • Krumsvik, Arne H.
    et al.
    Department of Communication, Kristiania University College, Norway; Department of Journalism, Volda University College, Norway.
    Francis, David L.
    School of Business & Law, University of Brighton, UK.
    The effects of an external crisis on the prioritisation of innovations2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 143-164Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This unique study, for the first time, explores the relative importance of 8 × 2 types of media innovations in the newspaper industry, based on empirical data postpandemic, from a survey of over 100 Norwegian newspaper executives (i.e., editorsin-chief, managing directors, and publishers). In the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, newspaper leaders did not want to make any dramatic changes; rather, they prioritised incremental change. Improving market positions, the products and services, and the existing revenue streams were top priorities. This was not the time to redefine either the concept of newspapers or the genres of journalism. While radical change was not at the top of the agenda, some indications of a willingness to experiment were identified.

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  • Olsen, Ragnhild Kr.
    et al.
    Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    Asker, Cecile
    Aftenposten, Norway.
    Konow-Lund, Maria
    Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    Exploring telework innovation’s value for news workers2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 123-142Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter offers a framework for examining the advantages and challenges associated with a significant innovation in newsroom work that emerged during the Covid-19 crisis: the introduction of teleworking. Applying service innovation research perspectives, which emphasise that innovations should create value for all stakeholders, our study explores how news workers experienced the swift and extensive shift to digital work modes during lockdowns and periods of strict social distancing. The analysis, based on interviews with reporters, developers, and newsroom managers in three leading newspaper companies in Norway, shows how working at a distance by means of digital tools generated complex and ambiguous value experiences among news workers. Based on this, we argue that future research applying service innovation perspectives on journalism needs to pay more attention to the value of innovations for employees. Otherwise, this research risks overlooking a stakeholder group which plays a key role in news media’s service provision to the public.

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  • Mtchedlidze, Junai
    Department of Communication, Kristiania University College, Norway.
    Crisis-driven newsroom innovation2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 107-122Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite the extensive body of knowledge in innovation studies, there is a lack of literature that studies crisis-driven innovation in newsrooms. Whether the crises contribute to innovation or rather restrict it remains an under-researched topic. In this chapter, I study the factors that facilitate rapid innovation processes in news media outlets, using the news media business during the Covid-19 pandemic as a case study. Through qualitative semi-structured interviews with journalists, developers, data journalists, editors, and product managers at four Norwegian news outlets, I identify key factors that facilitate quick, crisis-driven innovations in newsrooms. I argue that there are four important factors that drive innovation in newsrooms during crisis: the need for information in the population; initiative among the news staff; existing technological expertise in the newsrooms; and collaboration among editorial developers and journalists.

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  • Barland, Jens
    et al.
    Department of Communication, Kristiania University College, Norway.
    Olsen, Ragnhild Kr.
    Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    The digital shift in news media’s revenue streams during the Covid-19 pandemic2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 85-116Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter sheds light on the economic resilience of Norwegian news media during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on the shifts in revenues within the newspaper industry amidst the crisis. The business disruptions caused by the pandemic inevitably impacted the revenue streams of news media organisations. By analysing revenue data from the Norwegian Media Authority and officially published reports, combined with expert interviews, our study unveils the diverse impact the pandemic had on news media in Norway. The findings reveal that while some outlets encountered cash-flow problems, others successfully navigated digital markets, leveraging the accelerated digital shift in media consumption and advertising during this period. Additionally, the study highlights that only a fraction of the extra funds granted by the state to assist the news business through the crisis was utilised.

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  • Rudningen, Gudrun
    Work Research Institute, OsloMet, Norway.
    Positive renewal in newsrooms through crisis in crisis2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 65-84Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This ethnographic study explores how the Covid-19 pandemic was an occasion for sensemaking and for (re)organising newsroom practices. Interviews with both journalists and editors from three Norwegian newsrooms in May 2022 demonstrate how the Covid-19 crisis was experienced as an opportunity for positive renewal and innovative ways of organising. The pandemic reinforced the ongoing changes in the media ecosystem and was hence viewed as a “crisis in crisis”. This chapter reveals the lived experience of the pandemic, and the findings offer an enriched understanding of how the crisis created opportunities for collective efforts and differentiation of modes of organising work guided by flexibility, creativity, autonomy, and solidarity.

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  • Solvoll, Mona K.
    Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
    Innovations in resilience strategies during the Covid-19 pandemic2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 43-64Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter addresses innovation initiatives in Norwegian news media in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. Based on a mapping survey among 24 top and middle Norwegian news media managers, the analysis reveals three strategies for coping and recovering from a crisis: bouncing back, bouncing forward, and bouncing beyond. Several news media bounced back from Covid-19 in a swift recovery from the crisis while maintaining and improving existing activities through incremental innovations. Other news media bounced forward by absorbing the crisis and exploring innovation possibilities in new service offerings, distribution channels, and markets. A few news media bounced beyond, suggesting that news media adapted to the crisis by digitalising the newsroom and reorganising towards more service-based mindsets, community engagement, and value co-creation.

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  • Olsen, Ragnhild Kr.
    et al.
    Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    Solvoll, Mona K.
    Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
    Theoretical perspectives on crisis, resilience, and innovation2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 19-42Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter describes how the concepts of crisis, resilience, and innovation are well-suited for capturing how Norwegian news media dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic posed threats to public health, leading to increased urgency for accurate information dissemination. As such, the crisis served as a catalyst, accelerating changes in news production, distribution, consumption, and business models. Persistence reflects resilience as the ability to regain stability and get back to “business as usual”, adaptability as resilience refers to large adjustments in professional practices in response, while transformability brings radical long-lasting renewal of the whole organisation. Presenting a normative view of innovation in journalism, this chapter focuses on value creation, improvement, and novelty. Innovation involves adjusting existing products or services and introducing new ideas perceived as novel by audiences. This coincides with the transformation of journalism from physical news products to digitalised services. Summarising insights from different strands of innovation literature, we identify a set of internal factors, or building blocks, of journalism innovation: resources, technology, organisation, management, culture, and business model.

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  • Solvoll, Mona K.
    et al.
    Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
    Olsen, Ragnhild Kr.
    Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    Introduction: The innovation response to the Covid-19 crisis2024In: Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition / [ed] M. K. Solvoll & R. Kr. Olsen, Nordicom, University of Gothenburg , 2024, p. 7-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
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  • Solvoll, Mona K.
    et al.
    Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.
    Olsen, Ragnhild Kr.Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
    Innovation Through Crisis: Journalism and News Media in Transition2024Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This book provides insights into the interplay between crisis, resilience, and innovation within news media. Examining how Norwegian news media adapted and innovated during the Covid-19 pandemic, it offers new knowledge on news organisations’ resilience strategies and their ability to create value for themselves, their audiences, and for the broader society during times of unprecedented uncertainty. Through a diverse array of qualitative and quantitative methods, the research presented uncovers how crises serve as both opportunities for innovation and threats to journalism practices and businesses.

    Drawing on perspectives from journalism and media innovation studies, management and organisational research, and innovation theory, the empirical investigation identifies three overarching themes: the crisis as a catalyst for innovation, a critical test of resilience, and an amplifier of value creation. Through several empirical studies, we demonstrate how the Covid-19 pandemic prompted urgency- and ambition-driven innovation in Norwegian news media. This research showcases how organisations rapidly adapted to the crisis using digital tools, and how they introduced new services, amplifying economic and social value creation while navigating challenges to news workers’ well-being.

    In conclusion, the theoretical perspectives on crisis, resilience, and innovation shed light on the transformative journey of Norway’s news media during the Covid-19 crisis, offering valuable insights for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers alike.

    Mona K. Solvoll is associate professor at the School of Communication, Leadership and Marketing at Kristiania University College, Norway. Ragnhild Kr. Olsen is associate professor at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

    The research in the book originates from the “Media Innovation Through the Corona Crisis” project at the BI Norwegian Business School (2020–2021), funded by the Research Council of Norway.

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  • NordGen Annual Review 20232024Report (Other academic)
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    The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) is the Nordic countries’ gene bank and knowledge center for genetic resources. NordGen is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Minister and works with the mission of conserving and facilitating the sustainable use of genetic resources linked to food, agriculture and forestry. 

    NordGen Annual Review 2023 provides a review of NordGen's work done in the past year.

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  • Rekman, Olivia
    Nordic Ethical AI Expert Group: Policy Recommendations for Ethical and Responsible AI2024Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Urgent call for Nordic collaboration on ethical AI and data management

    The Nordic Ethical AI Expert Group, established as an initiative by Nordic Innovation, the innovation organization under Nordic Council of Ministers, recommends five strategic actions to overcome main barriers and harness AI's potential responsibly in the Nordic's. 

    The five recommendations are: 

    - Develop a joint Nordic strategy for ethical and responsible AI

    - Establish a Nordic centre for ethical and responsible AI

    - Promote and coordinate large language models (LLMs)s for Nordic languages

    - Cultivate a skilled workforce and competent society

    - Enhance transparency in sustainability of AI technology 

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  • Young Håkansson, Susanna
    Trans People’s Working Life Conditions in the Nordic Region2024Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Trans people are a particularly vulnerable group and face various obstacles throughout their lives, not least in working life, where they experience worse conditions as a group than the majority population.Today, there is limited knowledge of the working life conditions for trans people and the underlying factors that affect their employment. The national studies that have been published have different areas of focus, but collectively they can provide a clearer picture of working life conditions for trans people in the Nordic countries. This publication summarises the field of knowledge in the region. By consolidating existing research, the project helps to identify and, in some cases, fill knowledge gaps and thereby be of use to the Nordic countries. The aim is to make trans people’s working life conditions visible to enable dialogue and identify needs and measures for improvement.

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  • Young Håkansson, Susanna
    Transpersoners arbetslivsvillkor i Norden2024Book (Other academic)
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    Transpersoner är en särskilt utsatt grupp som möter olika typer av hinder i livet, inte minst i arbetslivet där villkoren för transpersoner som grupp är sämre än för majoritetsbefolkningen. Kunskapen om transpersoners arbetslivsvillkor och de bakomliggande faktorer som påverkar gruppens sysselsättning är dock begränsad. De nationella studier som finns publicerade har olika fokus och rör olika områden, men kan tillsammans ge en tydligare bild av transpersoners arbetslivsvillkor i Norden. 

     Denna publikation sammanfattar kunskapsfältet i Norden. Genom att sammanfoga resultaten bidrar den till att identifiera, liksom i vissa fall fylla kunskapsluckor. Syftet med kunskapsöversikten är att synliggöra transpersoners arbetslivsvillkor i Norden för att möjliggöra dialog, identifiera behov och åtgärder för förbättring.

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  • Chilvers, Myriam
    et al.
    Nordregio.
    Sánchez Gassen, Nora
    Lundgren, Anna
    Tapia, Carlos
    Geographies of discontent in the Nordic Region?: A Conceptual overview2024Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    This paper summarises that debate and serves as a conceptual overview of the topic in order to provide a better understanding of what factors, or combination of factors, are driving discontent and geographies of discontent in Western liberal democracies. After discussing the phenomena at large, this paper then zooms in on the Nordic Region specifically and describes significant factors potentially driving geographies of discontent in the region.

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  • Rekman, Olivia
    et al.
    Mäkinen, Ville
    The Benefits of Ethical and Responsible AI for Nordic Businesses2024Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The vision of the AI & Data program is to establish the Nordic region as world leading in digitalisation, ethical AI, and responsible use of data. 

    This report is part of a larger project, Nordic Ethical AI & Data Ecosystem Building, under the AI & Data program at Nordic Innovation. The goal of the project is to explore how Nordic datasets and capabilities in ethical AI and responsible use of data can contribute to the development of new innovative solutions in Nordic businesses.  

    The report aims to answer the following questions: 

    • What are the benefits of adopting an ethical and responsible approach to AI? 
    • What does the regulatory landscape currently look like for AI?  
    • What is the status of ethical and responsible AI in the Nordics today?  
    • What is needed from businesses and decision makers to accelerate adoption of ethical and responsible AI in the Nordics? 
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  • Hanssen, Linda
    et al.
    Schmidt, Natascha
    Nikiforov, Vladimir
    Screening of compounds in tire wear road run off: A Nordic study2024Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Tire related additive chemicals can leach out and enter the environment. Road run-off and recipient waters are particularly prone to contamination by these chemicals, though data from large screening studies is lacking. Here, we present data from water (road run-off & recipients, atmospheric deposition (rain), snow), sediment (marine, snow dumping sites) and biota (blue mussels) samples collected in the Nordic countries. The aim of this study was to provide a first assessment of the presence of tire related chemicals in road run-off and associated samples in the Nordic countries. Tire related additive chemicals were detected in 85 out of 87 samples, with varying concentrations depending on the sample type and location.

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  • 20 BUD FRA UNGE: Flere unge i positive fælles­skaber2024Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [da]

    Norden er kendt for sit fabelagtige foreningsliv, og der findes utroligt mange positive fritidsfællesskaber, unge kan involveresig i. Desværre er det ikke alle, der er med, og problemet er særligt udtalt for unge i udsatte positioner, hvor mange risikerer at havne permanent på kanten af samfundet. For at finde og dele virksomme løsninger, afholdt Nordisk Ministerråd en debatrække på tværs af alle de nordiske folkemøder i 2023, med et gennemgående spørgsmål: Hvordan får vi flere unge med i positive fællesskaber? På tværs af Norden samledes eksperter, civilsamfundsaktører, beslutningstagere, unge foreningsaktive og hundredvis af folkemødedeltagere for at diskutere udfordringen og komme med bud på, hvordan det løses. I publikationen findes en opsamling på de hovedpointer, som debatterne centrede sig omkring.

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  • Børglum Ploug Olsen, Amalie
    et al.
    Bauer, Bjørn
    Paulsen, Jesper
    Norby, Poul
    POLICY BRIEF – Batterier i nordiske småsamfund2024Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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    Bornholm, Færøerne og Island står over for specifikke udfordringer med batteriaffald, og projektet ’Batterier i nordiske småsamfund’ har haft til formål at analysere data, de reguleringsmæssige rammebetingelser, barrierer og muligheder for at styrke miljøvenligt forbrug og bortskaffelse af batterier og akkumulatorer i de tre samfund nu og i fremtiden. Alle fundene og de konkrete anbefalinger til myndighederne i Bornholm, Færøerne og Island er kort opsummeret i disse policy briefs.

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    et al.
    Bauer, Bjørn
    Paulsen, Jesper
    Norby, Poul
    Batterier i nordiske småsamfund: Forbrug, indsamling, bortskaffelse og fremtidige løsninger på affaldsproblematikker i Bornholm, Færøerne og Island2024Book (Other academic)
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    Bornholm, Færøerne og Island står over for specifikke udfordringer med batteriaffald, og projektet ’Batterier i nordiske småsamfund’ har haft til formål at analysere data, de reguleringsmæssige rammebetingelser, barrierer og muligheder for at styrke miljøvenligt forbrug og bortskaffelse af batterier og akkumulatorer i de tre samfund nu og i fremtiden. På tværs af de tre nordiske småsamfund konkluderes det, at der er behov for implementering af konkrete visioner og målsætninger for batteriforbrug, indsamling og bortskaffelse, samt styrkelse af affalds monitorering og informationskampagner. Konkrete anbefalinger til myndighederne i Bornholm, Færøerne og Island er ligeledes udformet med initiativer til kort- og langsigtede styrkelse af håndteringen af batteriaffald.

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  • Börjeson, Agneta
    Sorter av köksväxter: Svenska priskuranter från 1800-talet till 19302015Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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    Det finns idag ingen fullständig förteckning över sorter av köksväxter som odlats i Sverige samt vilka sorter som kan räknas som svenska. För att få svar på detta genomfördes 2012 och 2014 ett projekt med mål att få en förteckning på sorter av köksväxter som odlats i Sverige. Avsikter var också att ta reda på när de började säljas och när de försvann från marknadensamt om dessa sorter idag går att få tag på i genbank eller hos odlare. Beskrivning av sorterna var också önskvärt att få fram för att kunna skilja sorterna åt och, ifall de finns kvar, kunna utnyttja deras egenskaper, både i sin nuvarande form och i en framtida förädling. Tiden begränsades från 1800-talet fram till 1900-talets början. Den ursprungliga målsättningen att få en fullständig förteckning på sorter av köksväxter som odlats i Sverige från 1800-talet och framåt visade sig vara omöjligt. Det blev en förteckning (bilaga 2) men den har flera brister. Omfattningen av materialet bidrog till detta men ännu mer att det inte fanns en standardisering för sortnamn och sortbegrepp. Tonvikten i undersökningen skulle ligga på svenska sorter, vilket var ännu svårare eftersom det inte går att avgöra när en sort är svensk. Tydligt svenska sortnamn saknades nästan helt på 1800-talet men blev mer vanligt i början på 1900-talet. Det går också att konstatera att det var förvånansvärt många sorter som fortsätter att hänga med från mitten av 1800-talet till 1930.

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  • Ruottinen, Lauri
    et al.
    Berg, Peer
    Kantanen, Juha
    Kristensen, Torben
    Præbel, Anne
    Status and Conservation of the Nordic Brown Bee: Final report2014Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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    Apis mellifera mellifera, the Nordic brown bee, was the first honeybee subspecies to colonize the Northern European region and honey has been collected and consumed in this region for about 8000 years. In 2011, the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen) established an ad hoc working group to clarify the current status of the Nordic brown bee in the Nordic and Baltic countries,to summarize the current in situ and ex situ conservation of A. m. mellifera and to provide suggestions for future research activities and initiatives. A main result of this work was that the Nordic brown bee suffers from a bad reputation within the beekeeping community. Additionally, due to their sex determination mechanism, small populations of these haplodiploidbees are at a higher risk of extinction than comparable diploid populations. Future conservation and sustainable use of A. m. mellifera calls for comprehensive phenotypicand genetic characterisation, and if possible, performance testing and selective breeding forgenetic improvement. Additionally, more effort should be put into the development and read option of management techniques suitable for A. m. mellifera, especially those concerning queen rearing. Efficient in situ conservation work should be combined with research activities,education and practical beekeeping.The in situ conservation work of A. m. mellifera in Nordic and Baltic countries has been carried out by public organizations and private people. Enhancement of conservation and expansion of the existing populations should include international cooperation, first and foremost coordinated exchange of genetic material. Financing of the conservation efforts ought to bediversified to include funding from national and/or international research grants, governmentalagencies and private businesses. However the most essential component is coordination of the national and international resources, and cooperation between actors. Based on the results of this project, we propose the establishment of a Nordic-Baltic network for in situ conservation of A.m. mellifera.

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  • Groeneveld, Linn
    et al.
    Berg, Peer
    Præbel, Anne
    Plan of Action for the Conservation of the Nordic Brown Bee2015Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The brown bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, is the honeybee subspecies that occurs natively in the Nordic and Baltic region. In the 20th century, other honeybee subspecies were introduced to this region by beekeepers. Today, the native brown bee is endangered due to displacement and introgression by these other subspecies. The conservation of genetic diversity is imperative for maintaining future adaptive potential. Bees are not only important farm animals due to their honey production, but also due to their pollination services. Roughly a third of the world’s crop production is based on insect-pollinated plant species and honeybees represent an important pollinator. In 2014 the Nordic Genetic Resource Center published a report on the current status and conservation of the Nordic Brown bee. Thisfinal report of an international ad-hoc working group, consisting of beekeepers, researchers and members of national beekeeping organizations came to the conclusion that cooperation amongst actors and coordination at the national and international level in the conservation of the brown bee is of utmost importance. More specifically, consistent characterization of bee populations in the Nordic-Baltic region to facilitate exchange of breeding material where necessary and development and promotion of brown bee specific management techniques were identified as important conservation measures.

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  • Randbøll Wolff,, Mads
    et al.
    Sveistrup, Nikolaj
    Dietrich, Katrine
    Natland, Kari E.
    Local actions for the new Global Biodiversity Framework: How do we develop co-existence with nature through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves?2024Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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    The global biodiversity crisis must be solved locally. 

     Many good initiatives are already being taken today, but we must do more. 

     The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) sets out an ambitious pathway to reach the global vision of a world living in harmony with nature by 2050. 

     Through the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program (MAB), work has been done for decades for a better balance between man and nature. It is imperative that we learn from these global experiences and promote for further local community-based initiatives and actions in creating even better conditions for the development of nature and society.

     This publication presents findings from the Nordic Council of Ministers - Nordic Working Group for Biological Diversity funded project MAB LAB: Man, and the Biosphere - Local Actions for the new global framework for Biodiversity.

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  • Sveistrup, Nikolaj
    et al.
    Dietrich, Katrine
    Randbøll Wolff, Mads
    Natland, Kari E.
    UNESCO Biosphere Reserves – A Path to Local Holistic Sustainability: A guide to establish UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the Nordic Countries2024Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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     This publication presents findings from the Nordic Council of Ministers - Nordic Working Group for Biological Diversity funded project MAB LAB: Man, and the Biosphere - Local Actions for the new global framework for Biodiversity.

     The project is based on a fundamental ambition to foster and support local solutions to global challenges by increasing the number of UNESCO biosphere reserves in the Nordic region.

     The aim here is to inspire locals to investigate, create ownership, anchoring and action in local communities to establish an UNESCO biosphere reserve.

     The project is based on a fundamental ambition to foster and support local solutions to global challenges by increasing the number of UNESCO biosphere reserves in the Nordic region.

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  • Ansebo, Lena
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Andréasson, Anna
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Christiansen, Hans Guldager
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Bjerregaard, Tino Hjort
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Kulturreliktväxter: Levande fornminnen och hur vi bevarar dem2013Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Kulturreliktväxter – Levande fornminnen och hur vi bevarar dem handlar om kulturreliktväxter i Norden. Skriften best.r av tv. delar. Den första handlar om vad kulturreliktväxter är och varför de är intressanta och viktiga att bevara. Den andra delen, Skötsel av omr.den där det kan finnas kulturreliktväxter, är en skötselhandledning, som genom praktiska tips och r.d berättar hur man p. ganska enkla sätt kan anpassa skötseln av en plats s. att reliktväxter kan f. möjlighet att överleva och trivas där.

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  • Solberg, Svein Øivind
    et al.
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Løjtnant, Bernt
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Ansebo, Lena
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    Leo, Jonathan
    Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen).
    More than just weeds: NordGen’s work with Bernt Løjtnant’s inventories from Denmark2014Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The report is about cultural relict plants – which are remaining populations of plants once introduced or cultivation and used as food, spice and medicine, fibres, colours, or other purposes. Such plants are often regarded as weeds, but they are rather part of a biocultural heritage. Some plants can be part of a place’s history and identity. The main part of the report is given to Bernt Løjtnant’s list of species and the inventories he has done on 100 Danish medieval locations as well as a red list of cultural relict plants in Denmark (in Danish text). The report also includes chapters on relict plants in other Nordic regions and NordGen’s collection missions and conservation efforts as well as a discussion of challenges and future perspectives related to conservation of such plants.

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  • Andersson, Simone
    Accelerating a Just Energy Transition: Nordic stakeholder input on opportunities, challenges, and best practices2024Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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    This policy brief highlights key takeaways from a Nordic stakeholder dialogue, during 2023, with more than 60 business leaders, researchers, policy-makers, public servants, entrepreneurs and representatives from interest groups. They shared solutions, challenges, suggestions for policy development, opportunities, and best practices, on the topic “Accelerating a just Energy Transition” in Transport and Energy Systems. Three overall observations were; a) Defining “a just energy transition” from a Nordic perspective, setting targets and sharing a positive vision of the society when the transition is made, would help prioritize actions; b) Knowledge gaps in authorities and society needs to be filled; c) Social resistance and reluctance to change behaviour might block transition, so besides technological progress and economic incentives, a more human centered approach is needed.

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  • Barkved,, Line Johanne
    et al.
    Enge, Caroline
    Skumlien Furuseth, Ingvild
    Sandin, Leonard
    Practical experiences with nature-based solutions in the Nordics: Summarising insights from eight pilot projects (2022–23)2024Book (Other academic)
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    Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly attracting interest in research and practice due to their potential to address climate change, while at the same time safeguarding biodiversity and improving human well-being. The effective and efficient integration of NBS into Nordic planning and action, however, is still developing. This report, based on the S-UMMATION project, investigates enabling and constraining factors for effective and efficient implementation of NBS through interpretative case study analysis of eight NBS-projects in the Nordics. The report summarises experiences, derives insights and collects lessons-learnt, relevant for the future development of NBS in the Nordics. The S-UMMATION-project was carried out under the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) program on Nature-based solutions (NBS).

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