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Programme of Work

The programme of work consists of the following operational objectives, targets and planned activities:


(notes: Details are annexed to decision VI/8 with the following exceptions: (a) the target under operational objective 3 was added by decision VIII/3, (b) planned activity 13b was added by decision VIII/3, (c) planned activities 13, 15 and 18 were not fully developed in decision VI/8, and were expanded in decision VIII/3)


Operational objective 1: Assess taxonomic needs and capacities at national, regional and global levels for the implementation of the Convention.


Planned Activity 1: Country-based taxonomic needs assessments and identification of priorities.
Planned Activity 2: Regional taxonomic needs assessments and identification of priorities.
Planned Activity 3: Global taxonomic needs assessments.
Planned Activity 4: Public awareness and education.


Operational objective 2: Provide focus to help build and maintain the human resources, systems and infrastructure needed to obtain, collate, and curate the biological specimens that are the basis for taxonomic knowledge.


Planned Activity 5: Global and regional capacity building to support access to and generation of taxonomic information.
Planned Activity 6: Strengthening of existing networks for regional cooperation in taxonomy.


Operational objective 3: Facilitate an improved and effective infrastructure/system for access to taxonomic information; with priority on ensuring countries of origin gain access to information concerning elements of their biodiversity.


Target under operational objective 3: A widely accessible checklist of known species, as a step towards a global register of plants, animals, microorganisms and other organisms.


Planned Activity 7: Develop a coordinated taxonomy information system


Operational objective 4: Within the major thematic work programmes of the Convention include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision-making in conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and its components.


Planned Activity 8: Forest biological diversity.
Planned Activity 9: Marine and coastal biological diversity.
Planned Activity 10: Dry and sub-humid lands biodiversity.
Planned Activity 11: Inland waters biological diversity.
Planned Activity 12: Agricultural biological diversity.
Planned Activity 13: Mountain biological diversity.
Planned Activity 13b: Island biological diversity


Operational objective 5: Within the work on cross cutting issues of the Convention include key taxonomic objectives to generate information needed for decision-making in conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and its components.


Planned Activity 14: Access and benefit-sharing.
Planned Activity 15: Invasive alien species.
Planned Activity 16: Support in implementation of Article 8 (j).
Planned Activity 17: Support for ecosystem approach and CBD work on assessment including impact assessments, monitoring and indicators.
Planned Activity 18: Protected areas.

Progress by Governments in the implementation of the GTI has been reported through national reports and the GTI Thematic report. To search these reports, use the Reports Analyzer.

Links to historic documentation prepared or resulitng from COP and SBSTTA meetings that relate to the GTI can be found on the webpage Documents.

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