the global network for taxonomy Contents 1 Key Messages 3 Introduction 3 The Organisation 7 BioNET’s Markets, Services and Niche 9 The Global Programme 2007-2011 10 Management Summary 10 Financing and Funding 13 Risks and Keys to Success
www.bionet-intl.org KEY MESSAGES 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 world-wide. 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 Secretariat. 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 organisations. 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 2007-2011 – BioNET’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.