International Project Office

The International Project Office (IPO) serves as the secretariat for Future Earth Coasts (FEC) and administers the project on a day-to-day basis. The IPO is responsible for assisting the Executive Committee (ExCom) in all aspects of its work and liaising with key stakeholders at regional, national and local levels. The office collates and communicates information related to national and international FEC research, as well as serving as a channel of communication on coastal aspects of global environmental change.

The IPO operates a distributed structure to ensure broader geographical representation and global diversity in the running of Future Earth Coasts. The central IPO office is located at ZMT, Germany with additional branches located in the USA, Australia and China. We also have Regional Engagement Partners (REP) located in the United States (Loiusiana); Latin and South America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), Canada (Newfoundland and covering the Arctic region), Europe (Algarve, Portugal), West Africa (Lagos, Nigeria), East Asia (Yantai, China), South East Asia (Taiwan).

Who's who in the IPO

Sebastian Ferse

International Project Office Germany

Sebastian leads the IPO at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany.
His work addresses the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in coral reefs as well as human usages of coral reef resources. Using an approach that combines assessments of both taxonomic and functional diversity in reef systems, he aims for a better understanding of the impacts of both natural and anthropogenic changes in coral reefs. In examining coastal livelihoods, institutions and mariculture techniques, he is trying to gather insights into options for sustainable resources uses and into strategies for the development, implementation and improvement of these uses.

Our host institution:

Future Earth Coasts’ head office is hosted by the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany.

In research and education the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen is dedicated to the better understanding of tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, sea grasses, coral reefs, estuaries and upwelling systems. As an interdisciplinary Leibniz institute the ZMT conducts research on the structure and functioning of tropical coastal ecosystems and their reaction to natural changes and human interactions. It aims to provide a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of these ecosystems. The ZMT works in close cooperation with partners in the tropics, where it supports capacity building and the development of infrastructures in the area of sustainable coastal zone management. The ZMT is a member of the Leibniz Association.