BioNET goes global
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CTA. 1995. BioNET goes global. Spore 60. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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BioNET INTERNATIONAL, an initiative which will help to create and sustain realistic, self-reliant plant and animal identification services throughout the developing world, has held its first Global Workshop. The meeting was held in the Welsh city of Cardi
Scarcely two years after holding its first consultation meeting (See Spore 47) BioNET INTERNATIONAL, an initiative which will help to create and sustain realistic, self-reliant plant and animal identification services throughout the developing world, has held its first Global Workshop. The meeting was held in the Welsh city of Cardiff, UK, from 20-26 August; some 200 delegates from over 40 countries attended. There are currently two crises in the field of biosystematics. The first is that, according to some estimates, taxonomists still have to identify some 85% of the species on the planet. The second is that most of the unidentified species occur in developing countries, whilst most of the resources (personnel, collections, literature) are in the developed world. BioNET INTERNATIONAL aims to establish institutional partnerships that will help to address these imbalances. CTA supported the attendance of ten participants at the meeting in Wales, the aim of which was to set BioNET's future agenda. ACP countries have responded enthusiastically to the challenge of establishing Locally Organized Operational Partnerships, or LOOPS. Presentations were made on behalf of CARINET (for the Caribbean), PACINET (for the Pacific), EAFRINET (for East Africa), and SAFRINET (for Southern Africa). Participants from West Africa took advantage of the meeting to propose the establishment of WAFRINET to serve their region. A he/pful 'Questions and Answers' booklet about BioNET-lNTERNATlONAL is obtainable from: BioNET-lNTERNATlONAL Technical Secretariat 56 Queen's Gate London SW7 5JR UK