Centre for Sustainable Area Management (CeSAM)

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The Centre for Sustainable Area Management (CeSAM) is a UiB initiative to support sustainable management of our landscapes and oceans, biodiversity, and nature's benefits to people.
We focus on evidence-based decision making and consolidating cross-disciplinary research and education.

The climate crisis and simultaneous dramatic loss of biodiversity and natural resources present the greatest challenge humanity has faced.

As the human environmental footprint and our appropriation of the earth's resources exceed sustainable limits, yet continue to grow, we need to rethink our view on, and interactios with nature. We must acknowledge that land, area itself, is a basic and limited resource.

At the same time, we must acknowledge and embrace the fact that we cannot separate or isolate nature from people. Nature and people coexist in both natural and human-dominated landscapes, and we must govern the land so as to optimise this coexsistence of biodiversity, and ecosystems, and people.

This requires that we develop multifunctional landscapes, rather than optimising landscapes for a single function or use. Competing land uses will create increasing conflict in years to come.

CeSAM works toward generating and providing knowledge of which trade-offs and synergies exist, and how these can be handled legally, socially and ecologically to the benefit of nature and people. 


UiB researcher becomes global biodiversity ambassador

UNESCO has announced Postdoctoral fellow Alicia May Donnellan Barraclough as one of five global Young Spokespeople for its Man and Biosphere programme.

Participants on zoom and in person

CeSAM's first annual meeting

CeSAM is a UiB initiative to gather and coordinate research and education of relevance to the management of our land and marine areas. Many of the big challenges of our time - climate crisis, biodiversity crisis, health, food, societal planning - meet in the decision-making around spatial planning,...

Traditional and modern land use - here from the 1970s in south-western Norway

This spring, Norway will finally receive a national action plan for the sustainability goals

The Norwegian government has received strong criticism from the office of the Auditor General for the fact that Norway still lacks a comprehensive and cross-sectoral approach, has not prepared national indicators, and lacks ambition almost five years after the sustainability goals were adopted by...

Biodiversity research
Cocoa agroforestry systems (Cabrucas) in Bahia, Brazil

Changes in farming urgent to rescue biodiversity

Over 360 scientists from 42 countries (including Inger Måren from CeSAM at the University of Bergen) - led by the University of Göttingen and Westlake University China - call for transition of food production systems to agroecological principles.

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme
Profile of the proposed Nordhordland Bioshpere Area from the ocean in the West to the mountains in the East.

Nordhordland UNESCO Biosphere

UNESCO's "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB) Programme, and its associated World Network of Biosphere Reserves, is a central part of the UNESCO Chair's focus area at UiB. The MAB programme was established in 1971 and currently consists of 701 biosphere reserves in 124 countries (2019)...

Traditional and modern land use - here from the 1970s in south-western Norway