Ministries, administrations, authorities and agencies, and parliaments on national and local levels are among the primary decision-makers that may influence the sustainable management of coastal ecosystems. In an intricately interlinked world, responsible policies depend on scientific knowledge to tackle the complex challenges of sustainable environmental management.

Scientific expertise may equip environmental policy with the necessary knowledge to understand and to manage the causes and effects of environmental problems, climate change, loss of biodiversity, use change and more.


The Office for Knowledge Exchange (OKE) is supporting ZMT in multiple ways to cooperate with political actors. This includes

  • the dialogue between science in North-West Germany and the local Parliament (Leibniz in Bremen Parliament). Delegates of the Parliament as well as the senators and staff of the senate departments exchange with scientists from the Leibniz-institutes in Bremen, Lower Saxony, and Hamburg.

  • the ZMT policy brief series, aiming to inform policy makers on key results of ZMT research, and to provide them with specific recommendations for sustainable environmental policies.

  • the organisation of stakeholder workshops for the ZMT research projects in the partner countries. Local and national stakeholders work with ZMT scientists on long-term measures for transferring and merging their respective knowledge.

However, comprehensive stakeholder engagement cannot limit itself to political stakeholders but also needs to take actors from business, development cooperation, international organisations, and ZMT Alumni into consideration.