Sustainable use of tropical aquatic systems (SUTAS)


SUTAS (Sustainable Use of Tropical Auqatic Systems) was a Leibniz graduate school coordinated by the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and conducted jointly with partners in and around Bremen as well as in the tropics. It offered a structured, high-level interdisciplinary graduate training in the field of tropical coastal system research. Tropical coastal regions are characterised by rapid social and environmental changes, which lead to threats to ecosystem functions and services with local as well as global impacts. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the programme tackled pressing questions of coastal zone ecology, management and human health in the tropics.
The BIPS was one of the ZMT partners and focused on the SUTAS research field 2 “Social drivers” work package 2.3 “Access to food and nutritional status of Zanzibari people”. The work package aimed at an analysis of the interplay of households and community structures, the access to resources on individual, household and community level and a spatial clustering of community health outcomes (stunting, wasting, overweight, metabolic disorders).

Funding period

Begin:   January 2013
End:   May 2017


  • Leibniz Association


Dr. oec. troph. Antje Hebestreit


  • Prof. Hildegard Westphal (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH)
  • Dr. Awni Behnam (International Ocean Institute)
  • Prof. Andre Freiwald (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum)
  • Prof. Marion Glaser (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH)
  • Prof. Sörge Kelm (Universität Bremen)
  • Dr. Christopher M. Mohando (Institute of Marine Sciences, Zanzibar)
  • Prof. Achim Schlüter (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH)
  • Prof. Peter Schupp (Universität Oldenburg)
  • Dr. Ali Mohammed Sheikh (State University Zanzibar)
  • Prof. Matthias Wolff (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH)