The graphic shows the percentage of coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses are lost per year.

Our world is getting more and more complex and faces major ecological, social and economic challenges. Increasing urbanisation, unsparing use of natural resources and global climate change have dramatic effects on our seas and oceans.

These effects are particularly severe in regions with rapidly increasing economic development and high population growth, as in many countries of the tropics. Ecosystems situated near densely populated coasts of the tropical belt are particularly affected by the strong global, regional and local environmental changes.

Tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs or seagrass meadows are among the most productive and diverse habitats of our planet. They are an essential source of food and income for billions of people and central to economy and tourism in many tropical countries.

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen is the only scientific institute in Germany that investigates tropical and subtropical coastal ecosystems and their importance for nature and people. With its work, the ZMT provides a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of these tropical coastal ecosystems.

In addition to research, the focus lies on the development of competencies and consultation services – always in close cooperation with international and national partners.

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