Center for Sustainable Area Management

New and old area use - here from 1970 in South-Western Norway

The Centre for Sustainable Area Management (CeSAM) is a UIB initiative to consolidate and strengthen cross-disciplinary research and education to support evidence-based decisionmaking and sustainable mangement of our landscapes and oceans, biodiversity, and nature's benefits to people. 

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How we manage and use our landscapes and oceans is at the heart of both the climate crisis and the ongoing loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services. The governance of both naural and human-dominated areas are both major drivers of the climate and nature crisis, and the key to sustainable solutions.  

CeSAMs mission is to generate scientific knowledge, provide knowledge-based policy support and critique, and equip students with critical competences and skills for sustainability science.

These challenges are fundamentally crossdisciplinary and will require the development, use and combination of knowledge from a wide domain of disciplines in new ways.

Profile of the proposed Nordhordland Bioshpere Area from the ocean in the West to the mountains in the East.

Nordhordland UNESCO Biosphere

UNESCO's biosphere programme "Man and the Biosphere" (MAB) is a central part of the UNESCO Chair's work at UiB. The MAB programme was created in 1971 and currently consists of 702 biosphere areas in 124 countries, with a total population of 225 million people. The programme...

Sustainability education

Courses for the 2030 Agenda

The University of Bergen has a collection of courses building knowledge for the 2030 Agenda.

Sustainability research
Lurefjorden - one of the core areas of Nordhordland Biosphere Area

TradMod: From traditional resource use to modern industrial production: Holistic management in western Norway

The UNESCO Chair is heading the RCN funded project 'TradMod - From traditional resource use to modern industrial production: Holistic management in western Norway' under the MILJØFORSK programme.

Sustainability research
Aerial photo of a western Norwegian fjord landscape annotated with four questions

Nature’s Contributions to Nordhordland Biosphere

Nature’s Contributions to Nordhordland Biosphere is about understanding what benefits people receive from nature (nature’s contributions to people or ecosystem services) in Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve, Norway’s first UNESCO biosphere reserve. We are interested in knowing where these contributions...

The climate crisis and the simultaneous dramatic loss of biodiversity and natural resources represent 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 relation to, view on, and interactios with nature. We must acknowledge that land, space 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 devellop multifunctional landscapes, rather than optimising landscape for a singel function or use. Competing land uses will create increasing conflict in years to come. We need 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.