Germany sees itself in the international responsibility to promote global sustainability through transdisciplinary research cooperation with developing and emerging countries. This requires science-based concepts for natural resource management that correspond to the social and economic conditions of the coastal states.

Since its foundation, ZMT has been successfully cooperating with research institutes and stakeholders in the countries of tropical coastal regions, as well as organisations of German development cooperation. Through this international cooperation, ZMT works towards Capacity Development and Science Diplomacy.

With our partner institutions, ZMT can contribute to the improvement of scientific education and research within the scope of research co-operation and to solutions for urgent global challenges as well as sustainable development on the ground. In doing so, ZMT establishes and consolidates international networks, which influence the respective societies.

In this context, the Office for Knowledge Exchange develops innovative formats in the area of capacity development. A particular focus is on environmental education. Only by raising awareness for the importance of the seas and coasts, sustainable use of coastal and marine resources can be achieved.

Within the framework of the climate partnership between Bremen and Durban, South Africa, ZMT trains young people as so-called "Ocean Champs" in the field of marine protection and carries out joint pilot measures.