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Decision COP VIII/3

UNEP/CBD/COP/DEC/VIII/3

Global Taxonomy Initiative:  in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative

The Conference of the Parties,
Informational
1. Welcomes the progress made in the implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, as reported in the note by the Executive Secretary (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/11/5) on the in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative; 
Operational Active
2. Notes with appreciation the contributions to the Global Taxonomy Initiative made by BioNETINTERNATIONAL, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, CABI International, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) and Species 2000 and encourages these organizations and initiatives to continue contributing to the implementation of the Convention; 
Informational
3. Notes that some Parties and other Governments have made significant progress in implementing activities pursuant to the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative; 
Informational
4. Notes that the taxonomic impediment is particularly serious in countries with mega-diversity;
Operational Superseded OTHERS
5. Emphasizes the need to build and retain capacity to address the taxonomic impediment, and in this context, explore options to ensure the long-term sustainability of the necessary financial support, and invites BioNETINTERNATIONAL and other relevant organizations, in consultation with the Coordination Mechanism for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, to establish a special fund for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, and to report on progress to the Conference of the Parties at its ninth meeting; 
Informational
6. Recalling target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (“A widely accessible working list of known plant species, as a step towards a complete world flora”), welcomes the progress made by Species 2000, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and collaborating partners towards the achievement of this target;
Operational Active
7. Adopts as a target under operational objective 3 of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative “A widely accessible checklist of known species, as a step towards a global register of plants, animals, microorganisms and other organisms”, bearing in mind the urgent need for timely provision of scientific names of organisms to support implementation of work under the Convention on Biological Diversity; 
Operational Active
8. Adopts the planned activities to support implementation of the programmes of work on mountain biological diversity, invasive alien species, protected areas, and island biological diversity contained in the annex to this recommendation as complementary to the programme of work contained in the annex to decision VI/8;
9. Urges Parties and other Governments that have not done so to:
Operational Elapsed Parties Other Government(s)
(a) Establish national focal points for the Global Taxonomy Initiative so that they can contribute to implementation of the programme of work at national level;
Operational Superseded Parties Other Government(s)
(b) Undertake or complete or update, as a matter of priority, national taxonomic needs assessments, including related technical, technological and capacity needs, and establish priorities for taxonomic work that take into account country-specific circumstances. These assessments should take into account ongoing national biodiversity strategies and action plans as well as regional strategies and initiatives under development, with particular regard to user needs and priorities;
Operational Superseded Parties Other Government(s)
(c) Contribute, as appropriate, to regional and global taxonomic needs assessments;
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s)
(d) Contribute, where possible, to the implementation of the planned activities contained in the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative; 
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s)
(e) Contribute, as appropriate, to initiatives facilitating the digitization of information on specimens of natural history collections, noting the importance of accessible data to support actions under the Convention;
10. Invites Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations and institutions to:
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(a) Use and support existing mechanisms for strengthening collaboration and communication among government agencies, the scientific community, research institutions, universities, collection holders, the private sector and stakeholders in order to improve the response to taxonomic needs for decision-making;  
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(b) Promote taxonomy and taxonomic products and related research as a cornerstone for inventory and monitoring of biological diversity in the framework of the implementation of the Convention and to achieve its objectives;
Operational Superseded Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(c) Develop and implement strategies to support the taxonomic research necessary to implement the Convention; 
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(d) Collect and disseminate information on the availability of taxonomic resources with a view to maximising the use of relevant existing resources for the effective implementation of the Global Taxonomy Initiative;
Operational Superseded Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(e) Develop and implement capacity-building activities related to the Global Taxonomy Initiative, such as training in the areas of identification of taxa, information exchange and database management, taking into account national and region-specific needs; 
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(f) Mobilize financial and technical resources to assist developing countries, in particular least developed and small island developing States, and countries with economies in transition, including those with high levels of biodiversity, to build and maintain systems and significant institutional infrastructure in order to adequately obtain, collate and curate biological specimens as well as to facilitate information exchange, including repatriation of information, on their biodiversity; 
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(g) Promote cooperation and networking at national, regional, sub regional and global levels in support of capacity-building activities related to the Global Taxonomy Initiative, in accordance with Articles 18 and 15 of the Convention, by, inter alia, making information available through the clearinghouse mechanism and other means;
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(h) Provide, within the framework of the terms of reference contained in decision V/9, clear guidance to national focal points for the Global Taxonomy Initiative on duties and specific tasks to better communicate and promote the objectives of the Initiative, working in collaboration with other stakeholders and in accordance with country needs;
Operational Active Parties Other Government(s) OTHERS
(i) Facilitate, as appropriate, the integration of taxonomic information on nationally held collections in regional and global databases and information systems;
11. Requests the Executive Secretary to:
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(a) Consult with relevant organizations and funding agencies regarding the global taxonomic needs assessment called for in planned activity 3 of the programme of work for Global Taxonomy Initiative, in order to consider, inter alia, the scope of the assessment, options for methodology, and potential implementing agencies, with a view to completing the assessment as soon as possible, taking into account users’ needs;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(b) Continue collaborating with relevant conventions, organizations and institutions, and to foster synergies between relevant processes and programmes, in order to make available taxonomic information, expertise and relevant technologies needed to achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, noting in particular, taxonomic priorities at national, regional and global levels;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(c) Continue collaborating with existing initiatives, including the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System and Species 2000, to develop the Electronic Catalogue of Names of Known Organisms and the Catalogue of Life;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(d) Continue collaborating with existing initiatives, including those of BioNETINTERNATIONAL, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, IUCN, and CAB International, to develop the human capacities, tools and infrastructure needed to support implementation of the programme of work on the Global Taxonomy Initiative;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(e) Undertake, as part of the Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public Awareness programme and in collaboration with relevant partners, activities demonstrating the importance of taxonomy for the general public, including information on products, lessons learned, and accomplishments of taxonomy-related projects, and activities encouraging public participation, recognizing the importance of volunteer naturalists and local and indigenous people as a source of expertise;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(f) Develop, in consultation with the Coordination Mechanism of the Global Taxonomy Initiative, other relevant consultative bodies, stakeholders and organizations, for each of the planned activities of the programme of work on the Global Taxonomy Initiative, specific taxonomic, outcomeoriented deliverables to be considered as additions under “(ii) Outputs” with a timeline for possible consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its ninth meeting;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(g) Report to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on progress made towards the target for the programme of work as specified in paragraph 7 above;
Operational Implemented Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(h) Include the Global Taxonomy Initiative in the joint work plan between the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Plant Protection Convention, with a view to exploring synergies in the work under the two conventions, with particular regard to invasive alien species;
Operational Active Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(i) Facilitate networking and collaboration among national focal points for the Global Taxonomy Initiative through, inter alia, the Global Taxonomy Initiative portal; 
Operational Implemented
(j) Complete and publish the Guide to the Global Taxonomy Initiative;
Operational Superseded GEF
12. Requests the Global Environment Facility to continue to support the implementation of the planned activities contained in the programme of work on the Global Taxonomy Initiative, including taxonomic needs assessments, projects with a taxonomic focus or clearly identified taxonomic components, and regional activities on taxonomic capacity development and access to technology;
Operational Superseded GEF
13. Further requests the Global Environment Facility to provide financial resources to developing countries, in particular the small island developing States among them, and countries with economies in transition, for projects which help to establish and operationalize their national focal points for the Global Taxonomy Initiative, as well as financial resources to support capacity-building activities such as, inter alia, taxonomic training related to specific taxa and information technologies; 
Operational Implemented Superseded Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity GEF
14. Requests the secretariats of the Convention and the Global Environment Facility to conduct a joint analysis of funded GTI-related projects and relevant project information contained in national reports, including analysis of the resources directed specifically to capacity-building, with a view to extracting best practices and sharing information and experience in promoting financial support for the Initiative;
Operational Implemented Superseded Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
15. Requests the Executive Secretary to convene, with support from relevant organizations and donors, a projectdevelopment seminar aimed primarily for those countries that have already identified taxonomic needs or that have submitted proposals for pilot projects under the Global Taxonomy Initiative, to promote formulation of country-driven projects based on identified taxonomic needs and to explore potential benefits of developing new, and enhancing existing, regional or global projects to address common taxonomic needs that have already been identified.
Body
Conference of the Parties (COP)

Meeting
COP-08
Eighth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
20 - 31 March, 2006
Curitiba, Brazil

Decision document
VIII/3
Global Taxonomy Initiative:  in-depth review of the implementation of the programme of work for the Global Taxonomy Initiative
Documents
UNEP/CBD/COP/10/INF/35
Progress Report on the Establishment of a Special Fund for the Global Taxonomy Initiative
UNEP/CBD/COP/9/INF/33
Global Taxonomy Initiative: Analysis of Funded GTI-Related Projects
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/14/INF/36
Regional Reports on Taxonomic Needs Assessment and Project Development
UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/15/INF/5
Terms of Reference for the Coordination Mechanism for the Global Taxonomy Initiative
http://www.catalogueoflife.org/
https://www.cbd.int/gti/needs.shtml
http://www.cbd.int/doc/publications/cbd-ts-30.pdf
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