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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.
“Sustainable use of wild species is key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” says Professor Jeppe Kolding at the University of Bergen. He is one of 87 international experts co-writing a new report out Friday 8 July 2022.
PostDoc Alicia Donellan Barraclough recently received funding for her project ACTIONABLE from The Norwegian Research Council, under the theme "Areas under pressure". The project is scheduled to start summer 2023. Read more about the project in Alicia's own words below.
One might think that the similarities between farmers in Nordhordland UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and small-scale farmers in China and USA start and end with their occupation, but a new study finds striking similarities in their adaptive responses to the COVID pandemic - some of which should be considered implemented permenantly for more resilient food-production.
We are very pleased and proud to congratulate Dr. Alicia Donnellan Barraclough for receiving funding from the Norwegian Research Council to execute her interdisciplinary project: “ACTIONABLE - Adaptive Co-management to enhance biocultural diversity and sustainable development in coastal communities”.
The online exhibition presents works-in-process of young scientists from the EvoCELL network. The researchers are studying animal evolution from a cellular perspective, by applying cutting-edge technologies to uncover a previously invisible world.
On Saturday the 23rd of April we showcased Nordhordland UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at the knowledge festival "OPPLEV på Marineholmen", arranged by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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