Saturday 12 May 2012
BioNET - the global network for taxonomy - was established in 1993 to respond to the significant and growing mismatch between the need for, and availability of, taxonomic expertise and services in developing countries. The intention was to create mechanisms whereby developing countries could pool, share and optimise their taxonomic capacity on a regional basis, providing a platform for sharing information and building capacity in expertise, facilities and new technologies through south-south and south-north cooperation. This idea gained support at an international workshop sponsored by the UK Government (ODA), CTA, NHM and CAB INTERNATIONAL, London, 1993. A Secretariat was set up in the UK by the international not-for-profit organization CAB INTERNATIONAL and led by the creator of the BioNET idea, Professor Tecwyn Jones C. M. G. O. B. E.

In 1995, the Director General and Management of CAB INTERNATIONAL, facilitated the establishment of the BioNET Fund in response to a recommendation by the 200 international delegates to the first BioNET Global Taxonomy Workshop, held in Cardiff. The principal founding funding came from the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation.

BioNET has become a well known brand, familiar within many of the international policy making and capacity building bodies (e.g., the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UNESCO, FAO etc.) for its regional partnerships, networking, capacity building and advocacy for taxonomy and its applications. BioNET has made significant progress internationally and locally, gaining formal endorsements from 105 countries up to 2010 and is recognised by Parties to the CBD as probably the "most comprehensive network" for taxonomy and in numerous key decisions as an implementer of programmes of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) and other areas of the Convention.
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