Global Taxonomy Initiative

Global Taxonomy Initiative

The International Barcode of Life Consortium (iBOL) is facilitating capacity-building on DNA barcoding for rapid species identification

iBOL is the leading organization developing DNA-based tools for biodiversity monitoring and conservation. Through capacity development and technology transfer, iBOL is helping CBD Parties enhance their capacity to identify and monitor biodiversity.

View their step-by-step instructional videos on DNA sequence barcoding and meta-barcoding, generated in collaboration with the CBD and with generous support from the Government of Japan, below.

DNA barcoding

Credit: International Barcode of Life Consortium
DNA meta-barcoding

Credit: International Barcode of Life Consortium

Click here for more details and information on iBOL’s activities with the CBD.

Joint call for action on recognizing the critical role of taxonomy to underpin transformative change within the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Download the call to action

The Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum (GTI Forum) 2020

Online, 2 to 4 December 2020

The Global Taxonomy Initiative Forum (GTI Forum)

Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center, Egypt 16 November 2018

The CETAF Code of Conduct and Best Practice for Access and Benefit-Sharing

Download from CETAF Web site

The GTI E-Book

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the publication of the GTI e-book "Introduction to Access and Benefit-Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol: What DNA Barcoding Researchers Need to Know" authored by Kate Davis and Alex Borisenko in Advanced Books (07 Dec 2017)

The Global Taxonomy Initiative Training Courses in Developing Countries to be held in 2018

As informed to Parties and observers in notification 2017-021, the eleven training courses of the standard GTI-DNA-tech take place in 2018 as shown in the table below.

Project Title
Belarus and Moldova Building of the national and regional network for study of alien species using DNA technologies as a great tool removing the taxonomic impediment File
Bhutan Training Bhutanese institutes for the application of DNA techniques in taxonomy File
Brazil Course on rapid identification of invasive alien species for government regulators File
Colombia 15w2zyxHands-on training on DNA barcoding for threatened species and regulation of illegal wildlife trade addressed to governing agencies and academics k3prl8.s3-website-us-east-1 File
Nigeria Building technical expertise in DNA Barcoding technique for identification of agricultural pests and Invasive alien plant species in Nigeria File
Philippines Hands-on training course for wildlife enforcement officers on identifying collected and confiscated wildlife specimens using DNA barcoding File

Sri Lanka Capacity building for plant quarantine officers for the rapid identification of quarantine insects in imported consignments File
Suriname Building technical expertise to enhance species detection for biodiversity management, wildlife trade, pest and invasive alien species File
Tunisia Capacity building of North African countries in rapid identification of nonindigenous marine species by DNA-barcoding File
Turkey Applied training on DNA Barcoding of plants to build expertise for taxonomic analysis File
Uruguay DNA Barcode training course and grasses barcode pilot project File

Confronting the taxonomic impediment to biodiversity conservation

Effective conservation and management of biodiversity depends in large part on our understanding of taxonomy. Unfortunately, inadequate taxonomic information and infrastructure, coupled with declining taxonomic expertise, hinders our ability to make informed decisions about conservation, sustainable use and sharing of the benefits derived from genetic resources. Governments, through the Convention on Biological Diversity, have acknowledged the existence of a "taxonomic impediment" to the sound management of biodiversity, and have developed the Global Taxonomic Initiative to remove or reduce the impediment. More »