Project Details


Our vision for the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme is to grow the research and innovation capability of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming. This programme is a multi-disciplinary, 4-year, challenge-led, strategic programme in collaboration, primarily with the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania. We will provide practical solutions and long term capacity building to many other seaweed producing developing countries through the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund, thus ensuring the sustainable economic growth of this global industry.

Layman's description

GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR is a £6M, 51-month programme funded by Research Council UK (RCUK) and lead by Dr Elizabeth Cottier-Cook (SAMS). This programme will be entirely focused on the needs of seaweed-producing developing countries and has a strong policy component (unlike GlobalSeaweed) to enable us to directly address 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals include; no poverty (1), zero hunger (2), quality education (4), gender equality (5), decent work and economic growth (8), industry, innovation and infrastructure (9), responsible consumption and production (12), climate action (13), life below water (14) and partnerships for the goals (17).

Key findings

Funded by UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund
Effective start/end date1/08/171/08/21

Collaborative partners

  • University of the Highlands and Islands (lead)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
  • Natural History Museum (Bird group)
  • Overseas Development Institute
  • University of Dar es Salaam
  • Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department
  • Sam Ratulangi University,
  • United Nations University


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