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Management of natural resources

Natural resources are the material basis of the human society. They are the foundation of primary sector activities such as mining, energy production, agriculture and fisheries. Genetic resources, healthy drinking water and a good living environment are also important for us.

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Aquaculture in Kvinnherad – an important industry, but also a challenge regarding resource use and area conflicts.
Photo:
Peter Andersen

Sustainable management of natural resources require policies that address the ecological sustainability of production, while also securing human rights and public health. Human geography reveals the forces that determine sustainability production and consumption in a short and in a long term perspective.

Sustainable management requires research which can balance the different needs and actors, at a local level and across borders. Human geography research contributes to new solutions for the use of the natural environment.

Research projects 

2018-2021:
Small Fish and Food security (SmallFishFood): Towards innovative integration of fish in African food systems to improve nutrition.

2019-2021:
Mapping marine resource conflicts across sub-Saharan Africa: patterns, drivers and solutions for coastal communities (MARICA)