Thematic Calls Emphasising Collaborative Research

3 Calls of Proposals Each with a Different Thematic Focus

1st Call


Partnership Projects 1st Call

NeDit: Data Linking People
East Africa| Tanzania

NeDiT New Digital Technologies for Marine Biodiversity Data Handling in East Africa – Data Linking People

WIOGEN Group under trees
Western Indian Ocean

WIOGEN West Indian Ocean Governance & Exchange Network

FIDEA Partnership Project East Africa
Mozambique| Tanzania| Zanzibar

FIDEA Fishing Data East Africa

Project WASP Mauritania

WASP West African Biodiversity under Pressure

Coastwise: Umlalazi Beach Dunes
South Africa

CoastWise Improving knowledge for integrated management of the land-sea interface in South Africa

CEM_CV: Fischermen Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde

CEM-CV Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring in Cabo Verde

2nd Call


In the 2nd Call ( 2020-2023), the MeerWissen initiative supported partnership projects within the following thematic focus: Strengthening biodiversity conservation in sustainable blue economy approaches in Africa. Building on positive experiences with the first Call, again a co-design workshop at the beginning of the projects was conducted.

Partnership Projects 2nd Call

Biodiversity of eels Tanzania

BIOEELS-TZ Assessing the biodiversity of eels

INDUCE: Fisher boats in Senegal

INDUCE Promoting a sustainable Blue Economy in Senegal by conserving fish functional diversity

Partnership Project PULSE

PULSE Taking the Pulse of the Ocean

Partnership Project NAMares

NAMares Marine Ecosystem Services for Marine Spatial Planning

African Penguins
Namibia| South Africa

Penguins African Penguins and the Blue Economy: Building a Foundation to prevent Extinction

CLIMALG-SN: Seaweed for blue economies, biodiversity and ecosystems

CLIMALG-SN Seaweed for climate change resilient blue economies, biodiversity and ecosystem services

3rd Call


The objective of the 3rd Call (2022-2025) for proposals is to improve the knowledge base for marine- and coastal Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and to facilitate their use and uptake in national strategies and action plans. The funding includes a co-design phase of up to 9 months, enabling resources for dedicated space and time to truly co-design the project proposal, followed by an implementation phase of two years. Within the dedicated co-design phase prior to implementation, project partners address these four themes: common vision and shared understanding, stakeholder engagement, project and partnership management and sustainability.

Partnership Projects 3nd Call

Madagascar| Tanzania

PAMO Participatory modeling for Nature-based Solutions in the Western Indian Ocean region

Somwat: Seagrass Meadows
South Africa| Tanzania

SOMWAT Nature based Solutions for Mitigation of Watershed Pollution: Cross-habitat facilitation by coastal seagrass meadows

Project Orientate Tunisia

ORIENTATE-TN Oceanographic and Ecological data for Nature-based coastal protection in Tunisia

Project Mancoga
Atlantic Ocean| Ghana

MANCOGA Mangroves as Nature-based Solutions to Coastal Hazards

The MeerWissen projects of the 3rd Call for Proposals have been recognised as an official contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) that is being coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. MeerWissen is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The implementation of MeerWissen is facilitated by GIZ’s Support Programme Biodiversity-Environment-Oceans. In the Western Indian Ocean region, MeerWissen is implemented in cooperation with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).