COAST- Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research

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Sustainable Research with Tanzania and South Africa

Purpose and contents

Rivers, mountains and coastal regions of Tanzania and South Africa are deeply affected by climate change with serious consequences for the local ecosystems and for the use of land. Hence, social and political institutions as well as inhabitants of these regions need to look for new strategies and options of action. The Clim-A-Net project aims to examine these processes cooperatively and in an interdisciplinary manner. Cooperating partners are the University of Oldenburg, the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Clim-A-Net is coordinated by the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (COAST) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner (Chair Ecological Economics) and Prof. Dr. Michael Kleyer (Chair Landscape Ecology). The project runs for five years (starting in 2010) and is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Its aim is to contribute to the sustainable development and to climate adaptation strategies in the target regions of Tanzania and South Africa by research, academic exchange, transfer and capacity building. Furthermore, the network links academics and students of Natural and Social Sciences and facilitates exchange of scientific knowledge on climate change impacts, mitigation and adaption strategies.

DAAD supports the project with one million Euro with funds from the Federal Foreign Ministry of Germany. The funding facilitates scholarships for Postgraduate- and PhD students of the three partner universities, the exchange of post-docs and senior scientists as well as the organization of summer schools and workshops.

The first steps of the project have been made: Maximilian Petzold, PhD student of landscape ecology is currently doing his PhD at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) doing research about vegetation changes and land use in the Pangani river catchment/Tanzania for two years. In August, Godfrey Mmbando from the UDSM will come to the University of Oldenburg for his doctoral thesis in which he develops a model for hydrological climate change impacts. Besides, the first summer school and the joint workshop of Clim-A-Net will be hosted by the University of Oldenburg in September 2011. Project coordinators are Kilian Köbrich and Malve von Möllendorff.


  • University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)


November 2010 – December 2014

Project Website


Prof. Dr. Michael Kleyer, Landscape Ecology
Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner, Ecological Economics


Malve von Möllendorff (malve.moellendorf(at)
Kilian Köbrich (kilian.koebrich(at)