Universities and scientific institutions are in the unique position of offering help in three, interrelated areas:
- Through the development and/or strengthening of capacity;
- Through knowledge in the form of research, methodology, technologies and assessments;
- Through direct actions in conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing.
Cooperation between the Secretariat and the academic and research community can take many forms, and be approached from a number of different angles. Such cooperation can also be a platform for universities to expand their scientific and technical cooperation in support of biodiversity with institutions in other nations, particularly developing country states.
This section briefly outlines just a few of the potential areas for collaboration and types of activities that could be envisaged under each.