Business Plan 2007 - 2011 - BioNET

Business Plan 2007 - 2011 - BioNET


BioNET’s goal is for anyone, anywhere in the

World, to be able to find the correct name for

any plant, animal, fungi or micro-organism.

BioNET is achieving this by building capacity and

partnerships globally.

Naming organisms enables us to manage the

world sustainably, understand our impact upon

it, and the effects of our changing environment.

It is integral to achieving the Millennium Development

Goals and meeting agriculture, trade,

health, food security and other needs of countries


Taxonomy is the science of discovery, naming

and classification of all living things.

Taxonomic Impediment – The job of providing

names falls on a very few individuals and institutions.

Capacity is wholly insufficient to respond

appropriately to people who need names to

manage biodiversity, support agriculture, promote

health and regulate trade. The Impediment

is acute in most developing countries.

BioNET’s Mission is to “enhance human wellbeing

and biodiversity conservation by building

capacity to discover, name and classify the

world’s living organisms”. BioNET is the leader

in establishing and operating partnerships for

capacity building and advocacy for taxonomy in

developing countries.

The organisation is not-for-profit and distributed

world-wide, with a UK-based Secretariat

and ten locally managed, government-endorsed,

regional partnerships encompassing institutions

in 115 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, the

Caribbean and Latin America. CABI, an international

not-for-profit organisation, provides the

legal framework and hosting services for the


The BioNET Strategy – The regional partnerships

are BioNET’s unique capacity building

and product delivery mechanisms. Their local

know-how is complemented by the Secretariat’s

in-depth knowledge of international taxonomic

priorities and its strategic partnerships with leading

international technology and capacity building


Achievements – BioNET has a strong record in

capacity building and is highly regarded internationally.

Key decisions of the Convention on

Biological Diversity identify roles for BioNET,

recognising it as the “most comprehensive network

for taxonomy”. BioNET’s success depends

on effective mobilisation of partnerships both

locally and internationally.

The Global Programme 2007-2011BioNET’s

role has grown among international organisations

and demands on its centrally-managed services

have evolved and are increasing. Following

the successes of establishing regional partnerships,

the new Global Programme is product

oriented. It identifies four key areas of work: A)

fortifying BioNET’s delivery platform (regional

partnerships), B) accelerating the development

of products with technology partners, C) creating

an enabling policy environment and D) mobilising

resources for taxonomy.

BioNET’s Funding Needs – Increased operational

and human resources will be needed to

realise the ambitious yet realistic goals of the

Global Programme. The total cost of the Global

Programme (2007 to 2011) will be £3.14 million,

of which two thirds will be directed to fortifying

the delivery platform and accelerating product

and capacity development with international

partners. BioNET has secured £445K of funding,

leaving a total of £2.7 million needed to implement

the Programme, £425K in its first phase

from 2007-2008.

Potential Funders – BioNET’s work is fundamental

to humankind everywhere and sustainable

funding should therefore be based on a mix

of public or private institutional sources. While

developing nations are providing resources

and institutional commitments for the regional

partnerships, the costs of the Global Programme

should rightly be borne by the developed nations.

Keys to Success – Empowered to deliver its

Global Programme, BioNET will help to reduce

the Taxonomic Impediment. BioNET’s unique

partnership approach, its capability to accelerate

product and capacity development, its longstanding

experience in developing countries and,

above all, its prominence as the only organisation

promoting taxonomy globally – means it is

ideally placed to reduce the Taxonomic Impediment

and in doing so, enhance biodiversity

conservation and human well-being.

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