Luftaufnahme der Küstenlinie im Osten der Insel Viti Levu in Fidschi | Foto: Sebastian Ferse, ZMT

01.11.2017 | From November 6 to 17, 2017 the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 (COP23) under Presidency of the Government of Fiji took place in Bonn. Up to 25,000 participants from science, diplomacy, politics and civil society were expected at the conference. Scientists from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) also attended the COP23 to give a talk or take part in panel discussions.

On November 11, Dr. Sebastian Ferse, coral reef expert and head of the junior research group „Human Agency, Resilience and Diversity in Coral Reefs“ gave a talk during the „German Science Hour“ of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (BMBF) at the German Pavillion. As part of the event „Our ocean future: marine ecosystems under climate change“, Dr. Ferse talked about his research on the resilience of coral reef systems in Pacific Islands affected by global change.

On November 10, 2017 Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, head of the department Social Sciences at ZMT, hosted a panel discussion together with the German UNESCO Commission, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), EU PolarNet, the COST-Action network „Ocean Governance for Sustainability“ and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research. Titled „Oceans, Climate and the Role of Science II - Science and Science Funding for Understanding the Ocean-Climate Nexus“ and held at the EU Pavillion, this side event reflected on the European marine scicence scape in and for climate policies by bringing together donor representatives from the EU and selected member states, policy makers, marine scientist and representatives from international NGOs and UN organisations (see also programme flyer).

On November 8, Dr. Tim Jennerjahn, head of the work group Ecological Biogeochemistry at ZMT, gave a talk at the Indonesian Pavillion as part of a side event Blue Carbon Initiative: Blue Growth for Sustainable Coastal Livelihood“ hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. His talk "Blue carbon – on the role of coastal wetlands for carbon emission reduction targets" highlighted the important role of tropical coastal ecosystems for carbon storage. In relation to their surface area mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows store more carbon than any other ecosystems at land and sea. They are therefore particularly efficient sinks for CO2, but highly vulnerable to anthropogenic threats and climate change.


08.11.2017 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm| Indonesian Pavillion:

Blue Carbon Initiative: Blue Growth for Sustainable Coastal Livelihood (amongst others with Dr. Tim Jennerjahn vom ZMT)

10.11.2017 | 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm | EU Pavillion:

Oceans, Climate and the Role of Science II: Science and Science Funding for Understanding the Ocean-Climate Nexus (amongst others with Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge vom ZMT; see flyer)

11.11.2017 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm| German Pavillion:

German Science Hour: Our ocean future – marine ecosystems under climate change (amongst others with Dr. Sebastian Ferse vom ZMT)