Half of the annual budget is provided by the federal government and half by the coastal states and is calculated according to the BLV Combating Marine Pollution (see HavKomErVbgG SH, Annex 2, §8).
In 2001, the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Ministries of the Environment of the Federal States concluded the agreement on cooperation in the conception and development of software for environmental information systems (VKoopUIS). Under this umbrella, projects in the field of environmental information systems are carried out jointly by partners.
MDI-DE was established in 2010 – 2013 as a network of distributed infrastructure nodes in a KFKI research and development project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). After project completion, partners from the federal government and the coastal states concluded an open-ended administrative agreement (VKoopUIS Project 49) in 2014 for the operation, maintenance and further development of the MDI-DE and agreed on future funding, organizational form and scope of services.