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Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity

Introduction

On 27 March 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in the city of Curitiba, Brazil between the Convention on Biological Diversity and six leading scientific institutions: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de France, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.

The purpose of the MOU is to leverage the expertise and experience of these institutions in order to implement education and training activities to support developing countries that are building scientific, technical and policy skills in the area of biodiversity.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew played host to the first meeting of the steering committee on 8 to 9 September. A work programme was negotiated for the next two years combining existing initiatives with new capacity-building activities to support Parties in the implementation of the Convention.

The Kew meeting also presented an opportunity for three additional institutions to express their interest in becoming signatories to the MOU. The institutions were: the Geneva Museum of Natural History, the Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad de México) which became a signatory to the MOU in Geneva on 13 September 2006, and the Museums Nature Montréal which became a member on 22 February 2007. The Higashiyama Botanical Gardens joined on 16 June 2008, and during the tenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP10) held in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, The Missouri Botanical Garden, The Joint Nature Conservation Committee of the UK and The National Institute of Biological Resources of Korea joined the Consortium. The Natural History Museum of the UK, signed the Memorandum of Understanding in December of 2010 and the latest member of the Consortium, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, signed the MOU in the last meeting of the Consortium held in Incheon City, Korea this past May 20th, 2011. SANBI is the first African partner to join the Convention's Consortium of Scientific Partners.

The Consortium pf Scientific Partners on Biodiversity will be central to the successful implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets by building the capacity of developing countries and promoting by offering information, tools and services.

Member Institutions of the Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity

The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de France
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, is a large botanic garden situated on the edge of London in the UK. With over 250 science staff and over 1 million visitors each year Kew’s mission is ‘to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge, building an understanding of the world’s plants and fungi upon which all our lives depend’, also bringing authoritative expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing humanity today

Kew has three strategic priorities in science: - To document and conduct research into global plant and fungal diversity and its uses for humanity - To curate and provide data-rich evidence from Kew’s unrivalled collections as a global asset for scientific research - To disseminate Kew’s scientific knowledge of plants and fungi, maximizing its impact in science, education, conservation policy and management.

Kew contributes directly to Aichi Biodiversity Targets 1, 2, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19

  • Learn more about Kew's contribution to the Aichi Targets HERE
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The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
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The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
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The National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad de México
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Museums Nature Montréal

The Higashiyama Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

National Institute of Biological Resources of Korea

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Joint Nature Conservation Committee
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The Natural History Museum (United Kingdom)

The South African National Biodiversity Institute
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Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity of Berlin

Agropolis International
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Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Instituto Alexander von Humboldt

Botanische Gärten der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
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Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association
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Singapore Botanic Gardens

National Parks Board

Fundacao Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (FioCruz)

University of Sao Paulo (USP)

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme