The LOOPs - "Locally Owned and Operated Partnerships"
BioNET’s regional networks have partnership-based programmes of work including typically e.g. the identification of taxonomic needs; human resource development; adoption and use of technologies; training and facilities for biological collections; increasing access to literature and information. LOOP work programmes serve as a framework for activities to be supported by member institutions, governments, international partners and development agencies. LOOPs provide BioNET and its international partners with in-depth local knowledge and direct insights into local priorities and institutional opportunities for developing taxonomic products and capacity.
BioNET’s Secretariat serves as the main communication and information hub of the network and leads the delivery of the Global Programme in partnership with the LOOPs and international partners. Through targeted and strategic participation in policy forums, the Secretariat maintains global market knowledge of current and emerging needs for taxonomy related to development and biodiversity conservation. The Secretariat has a critical role in helping LOOPs respond to local taxonomic priorities by mobilising expertise and technical partnerships with capacity building organisations and technology initiatives. Underpinning the Secretariat’s functions are formal agreements with strategic partners such as the CBD Secretariat, GBIF, GISP, IFS, IUCN and CBOL.