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

Fiji Islands photo

New OceanStates blogpost!

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

Screenshot from one of the sessions at the virtual Warsaw Science Diplomacy School in June 2020.

Science diplomacy for global challenges

Postdoctoral Fellow Joanna Siekiera reports on a new summer school educating the science diplomats of the future, with participation from around the world.

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