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Business Plan 2007 - 2011 - BioNET

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www.bionet-intl.org<br />

KEY MESSAGES<br />

<strong>BioNET</strong>’s goal is for anyone, anywhere in the<br />

World, to be able to find the correct name for<br />

any plant, animal, fungi or micro-organism.<br />

<strong>BioNET</strong> is achieving this by building capacity and<br />

partnerships globally.<br />

Naming organisms enables us to manage the<br />

world sustainably, understand our impact upon<br />

it, and the effects of our changing environment.<br />

It is integral to achieving the Millennium Development<br />

Goals and meeting agriculture, trade,<br />

health, food security and other needs of countries<br />

world-wide.<br />

Taxonomy is the science of discovery, naming<br />

and classification of all living things.<br />

Taxonomic Impediment – The job of providing<br />

names falls on a very few individuals and institutions.<br />

Capacity is wholly insufficient to respond<br />

appropriately to people who need names to<br />

manage biodiversity, support agriculture, promote<br />

health and regulate trade. The Impediment<br />

is acute in most developing countries.<br />

<strong>BioNET</strong>’s Mission is to “enhance human wellbeing<br />

and biodiversity conservation by building<br />

capacity to discover, name and classify the<br />

world’s living organisms”. <strong>BioNET</strong> is the leader<br />

in establishing and operating partnerships for<br />

capacity building and advocacy for taxonomy in<br />

developing countries.<br />

The organisation is not-for-profit and distributed<br />

world-wide, with a UK-based Secretariat<br />

and ten locally managed, government-endorsed,<br />

regional partnerships encompassing institutions<br />

in 115 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, the<br />

Caribbean and Latin America. CABI, an international<br />

not-for-profit organisation, provides the<br />

legal framework and hosting services for the<br />

Secretariat.<br />

The <strong>BioNET</strong> Strategy – The regional partnerships<br />

are <strong>BioNET</strong>’s unique capacity building<br />

and product delivery mechanisms. Their local<br />

know-how is complemented by the Secretariat’s<br />

in-depth knowledge of international taxonomic<br />

priorities and its strategic partnerships with leading<br />

international technology and capacity building<br />

organisations.<br />

Achievements – <strong>BioNET</strong> has a strong record in<br />

capacity building and is highly regarded internationally.<br />

Key decisions of the Convention on<br />

Biological Diversity identify roles for <strong>BioNET</strong>,<br />

recognising it as the “most comprehensive network<br />

for taxonomy”. <strong>BioNET</strong>’s success depends<br />

on effective mobilisation of partnerships both<br />

locally and internationally.<br />

The Global Programme <strong>2007</strong>-<strong>2011</strong> – <strong>BioNET</strong>’s<br />

role has grown among international organisations<br />

and demands on its centrally-managed services<br />

have evolved and are increasing. Following<br />

the successes of establishing regional partnerships,<br />

the new Global Programme is product<br />

oriented. It identifies four key areas of work: A)<br />

fortifying <strong>BioNET</strong>’s delivery platform (regional<br />

partnerships), B) accelerating the development<br />

of products with technology partners, C) creating<br />

an enabling policy environment and D) mobilising<br />

resources for taxonomy.<br />

<strong>BioNET</strong>’s Funding Needs – Increased operational<br />

and human resources will be needed to<br />

realise the ambitious yet realistic goals of the<br />

Global Programme. The total cost of the Global<br />

Programme (<strong>2007</strong> to <strong>2011</strong>) will be £3.14 million,<br />

of which two thirds will be directed to fortifying<br />

the delivery platform and accelerating product<br />

and capacity development with international<br />

partners. <strong>BioNET</strong> has secured £445K of funding,<br />

leaving a total of £2.7 million needed to implement<br />

the Programme, £425K in its first phase<br />

from <strong>2007</strong>-2008.<br />

Potential Funders – <strong>BioNET</strong>’s work is fundamental<br />

to humankind everywhere and sustainable<br />

funding should therefore be based on a mix<br />

of public or private institutional sources. While<br />

developing nations are providing resources<br />

and institutional commitments for the regional<br />

partnerships, the costs of the Global Programme<br />

should rightly be borne by the developed nations.<br />

Keys to Success – Empowered to deliver its<br />

Global Programme, <strong>BioNET</strong> will help to reduce<br />

the Taxonomic Impediment. <strong>BioNET</strong>’s unique<br />

partnership approach, its capability to accelerate<br />

product and capacity development, its longstanding<br />

experience in developing countries and,<br />

above all, its prominence as the only organisation<br />

promoting taxonomy globally – means it is<br />

ideally placed to reduce the Taxonomic Impediment<br />

and in doing so, enhance biodiversity<br />

conservation and human well-being.

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