In the last few years, biodiversity issues have steadily increased in importance in the context of the international development agenda. As research into biodiversity in Germany is very well developed compared with other countries, it is essential to exploit the vast potential of German universities in this field more extensively. In order to achieve this, the aim is to strengthen structures in teaching and research at partner institutions in the field of biodiversity, thus supporting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in partner countries.
The conservation of biological diversity is an urgent topic worldwide, and only global collaboration will lead to success in the long term. The Partnerships for Supporting Biodiversity in Developing Countries programme is intended to contribute to sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda (SDGs 4, 14 and 15 in particular) and thus ultimately to the conservation, restoration and promotion of biodiversity in partner countries. At the same time, universities in developing countries play a key role in the conservation and management of biological diversity. The Partnerships for Supporting Biodiversity in Developing Countries programme enables German universities and their partner institutions to target biodiversity issues. The focus is on university partnerships and continuing education events which address the topic of biodiversity in research and teaching, services and management at the universities.
In the long term, the various Biodiversity Quality Network measures are aimed at enabling partner institutions to offer study and qualification courses relating to biodiversity. These courses should suit the local context and correspond to the state of science. The biodiversity topics should be anchored in the research focuses of the participating institutions. On the German side, German universities and research institutions have acquired expertise in development cooperation, and development-related networks have been established between the participating institutions in the field of biodiversity.