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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 interactions 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. 

Arendalsuka 2022
Arendalsuka2022

CeSAM represents at Arendalsuka 2022

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...

New project funded
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Alicia Donnellan Barraclough received grant for collaborative project ACTIONABLE

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”.

PhD position announced
lindåsprosjektet

PhD position at the Faculty of Humanities

We are excited to announce a new PhD position based at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion. The succesful candidate will be part of CeSAM and follow up on the enthological research that has been done during the Lindås project in the 1970s.

FTI Grants
Florian Muthreich presents one of the funded projects

CeSAM's Fast Track Initiatives awarded

In 2021, we announced our first ‘CeSAM’s Fast-Track Initiative’ grants. We had many strong applications, of which four received funding.

New paper published
Example of nature values mapped

People matter – Understanding what and where communities value nature in a UNESCO biosphere reserve

How and where does nature add value to our lives? In this new study, PhD candidate Jarrod Cusens engaged local communities to understand the spatial distribution of people's values for nature in The Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve; Norway’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve established in 2019.

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