Coastal regions are among the most species-rich areas on earth. They not only provide a habitat for animals and plants, but are also of special importance for us humans: Around 60 percent of the world’s population lives in coastal areas, and more than a billion people around the world are dependent on fish as a protein source. A special role is performed by tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests or coral reefs, which provide a livelihood for more than three billion people. These tropical coastal ecosystems and their importance for people and nature have been the subject of research by the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research in Bremen (ZMT) since 1991.
To create a state-of-the-art research environment for its growing staff, the ZMT is planning a new building in the Horn-Lehe district of Bremen. In addition to state-of-the-art office and laboratory spaces, the new building will have space for a seawater testing facility with aquariums for fish and corals, and a mangrove greenhouse. Drees & Sommer SE, a company that specializes in construction and real estate consulting, manages the project for the ZMT.
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