The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen is the only scientific institute in Germany that is entirely dedicated to the investigation of tropical and subtropical coastal ecosystems and their importance for nature and people. Founded 1991, the ZMT provides a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of these tropical coastal ecosystems. ZMT scientists conduct research in close cooperation with stakeholders and central actors from science, politics, economy, NGOs and the civil society – both at national and international level – in order to support a stronger integration of sustainable development and protection of tropical coastal ecosystems in society. ZMT is currently implementing a wide set of new digital technologies for retrieval, management and analysis of environmental and biodiversity data, thus intending to take a pioneering role in institutional implementation.
The Institute of Marine Sciences – University of Dar es Salaam was established in 1978 with the mandate to conduct research and offer postgraduate and undergraduate training and consultancy services in all aspects of marine sciences. IMS engages in the creation, transmission and application of knowledge in marine sciences and technology through research, training and provision of public service for the exploration and sustainable exploitation of marine living and non-living resource. Furthermore, IMS is strongly engaged in environmental data retrieval and provision, by developing e.g. the Tanzania Coastal and Marine Atlas and being the Tanzanian representative for ODINAfrica.