The ZMT policy briefs are part of a series of briefings aiming to inform policy makers on key results of ZMT research, and to provide them with specific recommendations for environmental policies.

They also illustrate the high practical and political relevance of ZMT's research across tropical coastal areas. Every policy brief will be published in English and in the language of the partner country, where appropriate. These are divided in:

I. ZMT Policy Briefs

II. Policy Briefs in cooperation with ZMT

I. ZMT Policy Briefs


Policy Brief #10 (2021, Western Indian Ocean Region)

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Dr. Hauke Kegler

Dr. Hauke Reuter

Fostering Marine Biodiversity Data Sharing for Decision-Making in the Western Indian Ocean Region, DOI:  10.21244/zmt.2021.001

Policy Brief #9 (2020, China)

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Dr. Jialin Zhang

PD Dr. Tim Jennerjahn

Sustaining China's coastal resources: Recommendations to improve the state of the coasts in Hainan, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2020.004

中国沿海自然资源的可持续利用与发展:如何更好的保护海南的海岸带生态环境, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2020.005

Policy Brief #8 (2020, Ghana)

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Dr. Seth Mensah Abobi

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff

Sustainably managing fisheries in water reservoirs: A case from Northern Ghana, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2020.003

Policy Brief #7 (2020, Brazil)

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Dr. Luciana Yokoyama Xavier

PD Dr. Marion Glaser

Social participation in coastal and ocean management in Brazil: Lessons learnt and ways ahead, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2020.001

Participação social na gestão costeira e marinha do Brasil: Lições aprendidas e caminhos a seguir, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2020.002

Policy Brief #6 (2019, Indonesia)

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Dr. Dini Adyasari

Coastal water management related to submarine groundwater discharge: a study case in Indonesia, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2019.003

Pengelolaan kualitas sumber daya air pesisir berkaitan dengan keluaran air tanah lepas pantai (KALP): studi kasus di Indonesia, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2019.005

Policy Brief #5 (2019, Indonesia)

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Dr. Yustian Rovi Alfiansah

Water quality and bacterial community management in shrimp ponds in Rembang, Indonesia: Towards sustainable shrimp aquaculture, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2019.002

Manajemen kualitas air dan komunitas bakteri pada tambak udang di Rembang, Indonesia: Menuju akuakultur udang yang berkelanjutan, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2019.004

Policy Brief #4 (2019, Malaysia)

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Dr. Inga Nordhaus, Dr. Rapti Siriwardane-de Zoysa 

The Future of Mangroves in Penang, Malaysia: Bridging Science, Policy & Perspectives, DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2019.001

Policy Brief #3 (2018, Mexico)

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Dr. Alejandro Espinoza-Tenorio

Crisis or opportunity? A critical glimpse on the sustainability of the Mexican fisheries regimeDOI: 10.21244/zmt.2018.001

¿Crisis u oportunidad? Un vistazo crítico a la sostenibilidad del régimen pesquero mexicano DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2018.003


More information:

Espinoza-Tenorio, A., Espejel, I., Wolff, M., 2015. From adoption to implementation? An academic perspective on Sustainable Fisheries Management in a developing country. Mar. Policy 62, 252–260. DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.09.001

Policy Brief #2 (2017, Peru)

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Dr. Lotta Clara Kluger      

Estimating sustainable levels of scallop bottom aquaculture in Sechura Bay (Northern Peru) DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2017/002

Estimando Niveles Sostenibles en la Acuicultura de bivalvos en la Bahía de Sechura (Norte de Perú) DOI: DOI:10.21244/zmt.2017.005

More information:
Kluger LC, Wolff M, Taylor MH, Tam J (2016). Carrying capacity simulations as a tool for ecosystem-based management of a scallop aquaculture system. Ecological Modelling 331, pp. 44-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.09.002

Project: Sustainability analysis of scallop culture in Sechura Bay (Peru)

Policy Brief #1 (2016, Costa Rica)

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Dr. Gabriela Weber de Morais    

Governance of Marine Protected Areas: Where the Past Meets the Future. DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2016.001

Gobernanza de Áreas Marinas Protegidas: Donde el Pasado y el Futuro convergen. DOI: 10.21244/zmt.2016.002   

More information:
Weber de Morais, G., Schlüter, A., Verweij, M. (2015). Can institutional change theories contribute to the understanding of marine protected areas? Global Environmental Change 31, pp. 154-162. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.01.008

Project: Governance of Marine Protected Areas in Costa Rica: Stability and change of institutions



II. Policy Briefs in cooperation with ZMT

Ocean Acidification in Africa Newsletter (10/2021)

Ocean Acidification Policy Brief

Ocean Acidification in Africa Newsletter

Roshan T Ramessur, Nayrah Shaltout, Sheck Sherif, Ashley Bantelman, Trevor Eakes, and Peter Swarzenski, Sebastian Ferse, Heath Kelsey, Patrizia Ziveri

ICRS Science to Policy Paper 2021 (07/2021)

Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge

Knowlton N, Grottoli AG, Kleypas J, Obura D, Corcoran E, de Goeij JM, Felis T, Harding S, Mayfield A, Miller M, Osuka K, Peixoto R, Randall CJ, Voolstra CR, Wells S, Wild C, Ferse S. Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge. International Coral Reef Society and Future Earth Coasts, 56 pp.

Ocean Gov Policy Brief 02/2021

European COST Action CA15217

OceanGov Policy Brief 02/2021: Global and Regional Management of Ocean Acidification

Global and Regional Management of Ocean Acidification

Galdies, C., Canu, D, Guerra, R., Martinez Romera, B., Tiller, R.

Ocean Gov Policy Brief 01/2021

European COST Action CA15217

OceanGov Policy Brief 01/2021: How can FLAGs really help fishing communities?

How can FLAGs really help fishing communities?

Svels, K., Miret-Pastor, L., Pascual-Fernandez, J.

Ocean Gov Policy Brief 02/2020

European COST Action CA15217

OceanGov Policy Brief 02/2020: Adapting to Climate Change Effects on Land Sea Interactions

Adapting to Climate Change Effects on Land Sea Interactions

Stojanov, R., Uscinowicz, G., Peev, P. and Kathijotes, N

Ocean Gov Policy Brief 01/2020

European COST Action CA15217

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Governing Land Sea Interaction

Achim Schlüter, Kristof van Assche, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Maria Natasa Vaidianu

Ocean Gov Policy Brief 01/2018

European COST Action CA15217

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Carolin Hoffmann, Christian Neumann, Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Capacity development for sustainable ocean governance: Lessons learned from academia, policy and practice.


IASS Policy Brief 3/2016

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Shackeroff Theisen, J. M., Atkinson, S. R., Awad, A., Beaudoin, Y., Canals, P., Durussel, C., Edwards, P. E. T., Gombos, M., Hornidge, A.-K., Lameier, M., Nakamura, T., Philibotte, J., Porsché, I., Pratt, C., Robertson, L. F., Schwab, P., Unger, S., Winter, A. (2016)

Capacity Development for Oceans, Coasts, and the 2030 Agenda