Island Lives, Ocean States

Pacific reef

In the Pacific Islands, whose people contribute the least to global warming, but are facing its most severe effects, impacts from climate change are far from a future scenario. Here, in the great maritime region of Oceania, the future is today. Sea-level rise and erosion of land combine to create a challenging situation not documented historically: entire nations risk the partial or total loss of their land, and the fate of their ocean territories as Exclusive Economic Zones defined by extent from the land is uncertain, as is the citizenship of those whose low-lying islands are at threat. In this situation the countries of the Pacific represent themselves as Big Ocean States as a powerful alternative to the UN category of SIDS (Small Island Developing States), and engage in global diplomacy and activism to safeguard their ocean. The MARE NULLIUS project aims to build new and urgent interdisciplinary analysis of one of the greatest challenges of our time: how Pacific islanders and their states prepare for, and react to, what may be the demise of their sovereign land and sea territories. 

Anja Marie Solheim at UN

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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: Miriam Ladstein

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

Contact us: marenullius@uib.no