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The sustainMare Research Mission consists of two pilot projects and five research networks. Each alliance in turn consists of several institutional partners in science, but also from authorities and social groups. In addition, stakeholders participate directly or indirectly in the work.

In total, we have more than 40 partners and about 250 participants. The target area is in the German coastal seas, including the EEZ, and in the wider North and Baltic Sea region.

Map of Northern Germany with project areas

Map of project areas © Jens Greinert

1. Project partners

  1. Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (ICBM: Institute for marine chemistry and biology)
  2. Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (CAU)
  3. German Development Institute (DIE)
  4. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (University of Leipzig)
  5. Research and Technology Centre, West Coast (FTZ)
  6. Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)
  7. Global Climate Forum (Berlin)
  8. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover
  9. Helmholtz Centre Hereon GmbH
  10. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
  11. Humboldt University Berlin
  12. Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
  13. Schleswig-Holstein Agency for Coastal Defence, National Park and Marine Conservation (LKN/SH)
  14. Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
  15. Leibniz Centre for Baltic Sea Research (IOW)
  16. Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)
  17. Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy
  18. Senckenberg by the sea
  19. University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo)
  20. Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUB)
  21. Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
  22. Umweltbundesamt (UBA)
  23. University of Greifswald
  24. University of Hamburg
  25. University of Osnabrück
  26. University of Rostock
  27. University Medical Center Schleswig Holstein (UKSH)

2. Associated partners

  1. Federal Agency for Nature Protection (BfN)
  2. Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)
  3. Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BfW)
  4. Environmental Action Germany (DUH)
  5. Deutscher Wetterdienst (National Meteorological Service) (DWD)
  6. German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
  7. Fraunhofer Institute for Graphic Data Processing (IGD)
  8. Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB)
  9. National Park Administration Lower Saxony Wadden Sea (NPV-NI)
  10. State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas Schleswig Holstein (LLUR)
  11. Government-Owned Company for Water Management, Coastal and Ocean Protection Lower Saxony (NLWKN)
  12. University of Cologne
  13. WWF Germany, Wadden Sea Office (WWF)


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