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The International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL) and the CBD

Existing and emerging DNA barcoding technologies are providing valuable tools to help science and society better identify, monitor and protect biodiversity

The International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL) is facilitating capacity-building in DNA barcoding for rapid species identification.

In collaboration with the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity and with generous financial support provided by the Government of Japan through the Japan Biodiversity Fund, iBOL is providing scientific and technical expertise in DNA barcoding and meta-barcoding technology for CBD Parties. iBOL has been conducting capacity-building activities in developing countries and enhancing knowledge generation on biodiversity and sharing biodiversity information among CBD Parties, organizations and other stakeholders, particularly those not familiar with molecular techniques.

Learn more about DNA barcoding for rapid species identification by reading the documents below:

Webinar Presentation on DNA Barcoding: 12 Steps to Acquire a DNA Barcode
Provides a technical written summary of generating DNA barcode data.

Data Sharing and DNA Barcodes
Summarizes iBOL’s development of the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) and activities to make DNA barcode data publicly available. 

GTI-DNA-Tech: Protecting Global Biodiversity
A summary of activities undertaken by GTI-DNA-tech, a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and iBOL.

DNA Technologies for Biodiversity Management
DNA technologies and applications to improve our ability to measure, understand, and protect global biodiversity. 

BIOSCAN: Revealing Species, Their Dynamics, and Interactions
Over 1000 researchers representing more than 40 countries are using DNA-based technologies and biodiversity analyses to save our living planet.


Advances in DNA barcoding, with education and outreach supported by the CBD and iBOL, will expand our ability to engage with, understand and protect biodiversity.

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More information:

Global Taxonomy Initiative

Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum 2020