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The Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum 2020

The Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) Forum (2 to 4 December 2020, online)

The Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) Forum facilitated by the Secretariat, was held online from 2 to 4 December 2020 in collaboration with the co-hosting institution, the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, and the Government of Germany, with financial support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

The three-day GTI Forum consisted of an opening symposium on, “Best practices and challenges of the GTI in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets”, followed by two days of workshops. The workshops focused on the following themes:

  • The GTI 2021-2030 activities to support Parties’ achievement of the post-2020 biodiversity targets; and
  • The GTI 2021-2030 activities to enhance education, public engagement and collaboration between governments and taxonomic institutions.

Details including the program of speakers, presentations and recordings of the virtual event can be found below:


Day 1: Symposium

Day 2: Workshop I

Day 3: Workshop II



Following the GTI Forum, participants agreed on a joint “Call for action on recognizing the critical role of taxonomy to underpin transformative change within the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Publication cover page

Technical Series # 96: The Global Taxonomy Initiative in Support of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Technical Series #96 contains outcomes of the GTI Forum 2020 held virtually from 2 to 4 December 2020 and highlights the scientific tools, capacity development activities and services available to Parties with advice given by taxonomic experts an will inform discussions at the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), when it meets in 2021.


More information:

GTI Forum Documents

The Global Taxonomy Initiative


GTI Forum 2020 Speakers and Presentations

DAY 1: (2 December 2020)  Symposium – Best practices and challenges of the Global Taxonomy Initiative in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

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Recording time (hr:min:sec)


Speaker/ Representative


0:00 – 7:11 Opening remarks Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
8:00 – 11:59 Welcoming remarks Ralf Becker Deputy Head of Division, International Cooperation on Biodiversity, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany
12:34 – 14:51 Welcoming remarks Toshio Torii Director-General of the Nature Conservation Bureau of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan
28:27 – 43:56 BIOSCAN – Towards an Earth Observing System for Species^ Paul Hebert Guelph University, Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics in Canada; International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL)
44:40 – 1:02:23 Research and collection based taxonomic capacity building in SE Asia – lessons drawn and future perspectives Thomas von Rintelen Museum für Naturkunde; Leibniz Institut for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Germany



DAY 2: (3 December 2020)  Workshop I – Global Taxonomy Initiative 2021-2030 activities to support the achievement by Parties of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Targets and the Global Biodiversity Framework

*Due to technical difficulties, recordings are not available. See presentation slides.
Recording time (hr:min:sec) Title Speaker/ Representative Affiliation
0:00 – 8:44 Findings of Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 and advice on capacity development in taxonomy Tim Hirsch Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
9:28 – 17:32 Application of DNA barcoding and meta-barcoding in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity   Donald Hobern (on behalf of Paul Hebert) International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL)
17:44 – 25:13 The Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF): a collaborative network for collections and taxonomy Michelle Price Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF); International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT); Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland  
25:52 – 33:36 In support of achievement of Post-2020 biodiversity targets: achievements and further needs in Africa Ramagwai Sebola Chief Director, Foundational Biodiversity Science at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
34:05 – 39:12 Good practices and recommendations from the Belgian GTI Focal Point Jolien Vennemann Science Programme Officer, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
40:01 – 48:36 BioAlfa in Costa Rica Daniel Janzen University of Pennsylvania; Technical Advisor to Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica
48:59 – 52:48 GTI in the Bahamas Ethan Freid Bahamas National Trust and Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, Bahamas
53:01 – 1:01:03 World Flora Online, building a taxonomic resource in global partnership Thomas Borsch Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin; Free University Berlin, Germany
1:01:35 – 1:07:05 Catalogue of species in Mexico: National Biodiversity Information System Diana Hernández Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), Mexico
1:07:30 – 1:19:15 GTI 2021-2030 activities to support the achievement by Parties of the post-2020 biodiversity targets and the global biodiversity framework Hai-ning Qin Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
1:19:42 – 1:24:34 Training a new generation of biosystematists to meet society’s needs for biodiversity expertise Hugo de Boer Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway
1:24:56 – 1:27:56 Taxonomy initiative in Vietnam Ta Thi Kieu Anh Biodiversity Conservation Agency, Vietnam Environment Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam
1:28:27 – 1:36:21 GTI experiences from the UK Mark Watson Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Slides* Biodiversity in Turkmenistan Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Shestopal Centre for Prevention of Dangerous Infections, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan

Morocco’s efforts in taxonomy

Mohammed Sghir Taleb

Institut Scientifi