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A new review in Science reveals the quick and accumulating impacts of humans in the Amazon – and nature will likely not be able to keep up. This new paper developed by CESAM member Suzette Flantua reveals the magnitude of the drivers of deforestation and degradation in the Amazon and lists the transformative policy actions needed to safeguard the region and consequently global climate.
Øivind has been studying effect of the parasitic copepod, Sarcotretes scopeli, on its mesopelagic fish host.
In December 2022, two years after it was planned, 196 nations signed on to the historic Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework (KM-GBF).
A new approach developed by the group of CESAM member Peter Manning uses a mixture of natural and social science methods to identify the land-use strategies that work best for the multiple stakeholder groups that use them.
Do you have a Master’s degree in Plant Ecology or similar, and are you interested in alpine ecology, climate change, alien species, and functional ecology? The Between the Fjords research group is hiring a PhD student for 3 year to work with us in the RangeX project.
On December 19th, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was adopted at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal. A landmark deal for conservation and management of nature and protection of biodiversity worldwide, this framework sets ambitious goals for how humanity should move forward to achieve the Convention of Biodiversity’s Vision “Living in Harmony... Read more
As the negotiations in Montreal draw to a close, headlines are announcing the big Targets agreed to by nearly 200 countries pledging to put a stop to biodiversity loss.
A new Science paper shows that human-caused changes to Amazonian ecosystems are hundreds to thousands of times faster than those of natural climatic and geological processes.
November 17 2022 the first ever Nordic UNESCO Chair meeting was held. 11 chairholders met over Teams, representing four different countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
In collaboration with the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (NSFT), the Plastics Network organizes the meeting “Plastic and plastic additives – impacts on human and environmental health” November 11th in Bergen.
This paper, led by Inger Måren and published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems in June 2022, offers a unique insight into the global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic by examining impacts and responses in the small farm sector within three very distinct contexts: the United States/California, EU/Norway, and China.
The BIOSPHERE project aims to strengthen social-ecological resilience in peri-urban and rural Norway, and in this project members of the UNESCO Chair group at UiB work together with partners from Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve and Alver municipality. The partners recently visited Kristianstad Vattenrike, Sweden's oldest biosphere reserve, to learn from their experiences of collaboration between... Read more
Members of the UNESCO Chair team and representatives from Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve recently participated in the EuroMAB 2022 conference - "Tying cultures. Crossboarder cooperation between societies and generations."
New study shows how different size-selective harvesting regimes can influence susceptibility of guppies to an ectoparasite.
Endre has started his master project where he is studying differences in the escape response of guppies.
Arendalsuka 2022 has started, and our centre leaders are part of the program on multiple occasions. The yearly political festival covers a wide range of topics and activities, but Inger Måren and Vigdis Vandvik will appear on stage to discuss the nature crisis, how to bring a sustainability mindset to science education, and ways in which nature can be given a voice in our economic system.
The paper published earlier this year showing that infidelity can promote cooperation among male pied flycatchers has sparked some discussion.

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