In April 2002 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
adopted Decision VI/8, the Programme of Work of the Global Taxonomy
Initiative (GTI). Such support for the GTI from over 180 countries
indicates an unprecedented level of political recognition of the
need to strengthen taxonomy, especially in less developed countries.
The challenge now is to to turn this political commitment into action.
A number of steps have already been taken, notably at the 3rd Global
Taxonomy Workshop (3GTW) where a global-level end-user needs assessment
was carried out and commitments made to a Plan of Action for the
The inputs to, and results from, 3GTW have been compiled here in
the hope that they will both catalyse and help guide the full, effective
and prompt implementation of the Programme of Work of the GTI. A
report on both parts of 3GTW has also been made available by the
CBD Secretariat - UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/9/INF/16
- as part of a progress report on the GTI.
Using this CD
Use the links on the left to find what interests you. 3GTW-Pretoria
brought together end-users of taxonomic outputs, technology providers,
development organisations and taxonomists. All the contributions
to and outputs from the Workshop are presented here, including a
published version of the Keynote presentation from IUCN: The
Role of Taxonomy in Conserving Biodiversity. See 3GTW-Paris
for details of the commitments made to date to a Plan of
Action for the GTI. The Resources section
contains many key references, including links BioNET LOOPs, GTI
documents, case studies on the value of taxonomy to society, the
Darwin Declaration on the Taxonomic Impediment and a forthcoming
paper from Taxon on
Lessons learnt from the SABONET Project whilst building capacity
the botanical diversity of southern Africa.
Dr Nicholas King, Director, and Dr Richard
Smith, Assistant Director, BioNET-INTERNATIONAL Technical Secretariat,
Egham, UK, October 2003.