Island Lives, Ocean States

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In the Pacific Islands, whose people contribute the least to global warming but face its most severe effects, sea-level rise and erosion of land combine to create a historically unprecedented challenge: entire nations risk the partial or total loss of their land and sea territories.

The Island Lives, Ocean States (OceanStates) project aims to build an interdisciplinary analysis of how Pacific islanders and their states work to protect their sovereign land and sea territories from the uncertainties and threats caused by climate change.

Official hashtag: #OceanStates

Ocean Talanoa event photo

New OceanStates blog post!

Read the latest updates on the OceanStates front in our research blog.

OUR OCEAN 2022 I PALAU: Konferansesalen hvor et lite land med 19.000 innbyggere var vertskap for verden med stil.

Representing UiB in the Pacific

The ocean’s role for Earth was one of the key topics discussed at Our Ocean 2023 in Palau. UiB Professor Edvard Hviding was one of only a few researchers present at the conference and engaged in discussions on the Pacific’s role in climate change. But what would be the best measure to save our ocean?

Professors and marine scientists Sigrid Eskeland Schütz and Edvard Hviding on stage at the inaugural Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference in October 2019.

The law of the high seas

Biodiversity is one of the key issues in the debate for sustaining and developing our common ocean resources. Law researchers at the University of Bergen have long been engaged in judicial questions outside national marine territories.

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PI and Director: Professor Edvard Hviding 

Administrator: Håkon Larsen

This project is based at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen