Taxonomy is the science that identifies, describes and classifies the
diversity of life.
The Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) was set up under the Convention
on Biological Diversity to overcome the 'taxonomic impediment' which
seriously hinders the implementation of the CBD. Its main
objectives are to reduce the knowledge gaps in
our taxonomic system, the shortage of trained taxonomists and curators
and, thereby, to improve decision-making in conservation.
The Belgian GTI focal point
The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has been appointed as
Belgian national focal point to the GTI. It works in close cooperation
with other institutions nationally, among others to carry out taxonomy-based
research activities, and to develop a
capacity building programme for taxonomy.
As part of its partnership with developing countries,
the GTI focal point has launched calls for proposals for institutional
and individual capacity building and
taxonomy-based research projects.