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Eng. Fra. Esp. BioNET buisiness plan 2007-2011 short version

Linnaeus at 300

BioNET Funding Campaign 2007-2011

23 May 2007 was the 300th anniversary of the birth in Sweden of Carl Linnaeus, the “father of modern taxonomy”. For all who value taxonomy, it was a day to celebrate the work and legacy of a remarkable man and the myriad of ways in which taxonomy contributes to science and society. As someone interested in BioNET, I’m sure you share our goal that the benefits of taxonomy must be made accessible to all.

To continue our work, we need your help. We invite new partners to join us in our work. We hope that you will find a way for your organisation or government ministry to support us. Please read on and consider how you can assist us…

I look forward to hearing from you,
Richard Smith

Linnaeus, father of taxonomy, at 300

Carl von Linné – better known by his Latin name Linnaeus – was born 300 years ago (23 May 1707). It is tempting to imagine how he might view the world of taxonomy in 2007.

He would, one imagines, be immensely proud to be known still as the “father of modern taxonomy”.

He would no doubt explore with wonder the great biological collections of the world’s leading museums, labelled following the principles he established.

He may rightfully enjoy praise for the many and varied benefits the application of taxonomy brings to science and society.

But we suspect he may be saddened that in our prosperous yet unequal world, it is only in the strong and emerging economies where people can readily practice, have access to, and benefit from, modern taxonomy.

We expect he would share BioNET’s goal that anyone, anywhere in the World, is able to find the correct names for the elements of their living world. After all, for a fundamentally international, comparative science such as taxonomy, unequal participation in and access to taxonomy is not only unjust but is an inefficient basis for safeguarding and securing the benefits from biodiversity in our era of rapid environmental changes.

Our plans, 2007-11

The new Global Programme has both regional and global elements, delivering services to researchers, practitioners in the field and decision makers. The Programme will mobilise BioNET’s unique partnership infrastructure – “the most comprehensive network for taxonomy” (CBD Decision VI/8) – to deliver BioNET’s Mission: "Enhance human well-being and biodiversity conservation by building capacity to discover, name, and classify the world’s living organisms".

Some priority products and services:

  • Launch of BioNET’s new partnerships for North Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
  • Accelerate the delivery of user-friendly taxonomic products. Priority theme: management of invasive alien species.
  • Deliver new services for BioNET’s regional partnerships: business models and planning, operational support.
  • Mobilise regional support for completion of the Catalogue of Life by 2011.
  • Develop the Special Fund for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (CBD Decision VIII/3).
  • Publish an introductory “guide to identification” for CITES.
  • Build awareness and capacity in molecular and digital taxonomic technologies in developing countries.
  • Test best practice guidelines for Access and Benefit Sharing.
  • Publish and translate 100 case studies on Why Taxonomy Matters.
  • Work in a consortium to assess taxonomic needs under the CBD.
  • Work in a consortium to strengthen biological collections.
  • Organise and convene the 4th Global Taxonomy Workshop “Technologies for Democratising Taxonomy" in 2009.

Our Costs

The cost of our Global Programme 2007-11 will be GBP 3.1 million. This includes:

o GBP 870K in 2007-8 to deliver our core capacity building, partnership facilitation and communication services. We hope to raise the GBP 425K needed to match the GBP 445K already secured for this period.

o GBP 2.3 million for the three years 2009-11 for new work and Regional Programme Officers (Africa, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean) to support developing country partners in the development of products, services and biological collections and in the application of technologies.

How you can help

If you represent a donor organisation, government ministry or other possible contributor to BioNET’s work, click here for more details of our plans. If you would like a hard copy of our business plan, please contact Richard Smith, BioNET’s Director: bionet (at)

Alternatively, we encourage you to send recommendations for possible organisations, foundations or government ministries who may be able to support us.

On behalf of the BioNET staff team, LOOP Coordinators and partner organisations world-wide, let me express my thanks to all BioNET Bulletin readers for your continuing interest, encouragement and support. Your messages of appreciation are always an enormous encouragement.

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Year BioNET was established in recognition that most developing countries lacked access to the taxonomic capacity needed to implement the Rio Conventions.


Estimated number of species described and named by taxonomy to date.

- 5.000.000

Estimated total number of species, most in developing countries and marine environments.


Countries with subscribers to the BioNET Bulletin.


BioNET Locally Organised and Operated Partnerships (LOOPs) in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania. LOOPs are BioNET’s unique product delivery mechanisms.


Countries and territories are formal members of a BioNET LOOP – forming “the most comprehensive network for taxonomy” (CBD).


BioNET Coordinating Committee members from leading institutions direct LOOP capacity building and product delivery world-wide.


Costs in GBP of BioNET's Global Programme, 2007-11, promoting taxonomic capacity and product delivery for enhancing biodiversity conservation and human well-being.


Funding in GBP needed to deliver BioNET's Global Programme in 2007-11.


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