Designated National Institutes, National Coordinating Institutes, the Network Coordinating Institute, and the LOOP Coordinating Committee assume the responsibility to function in accordance with the mandates provided in this Proposal.
By agreeing to this Proposal each government undertakes to allocate sufficient staff time and resources to enable the designated coordinator in the NACI to perform their LOOP role effectively, as described in the NACI mandate. In the case of the country hosting the NECI, the host government further agrees to providing sufficient staff time, resources and operational costs (such as internet connections, telephone calls, postage, etc.) to enable the NECI to function effectively as described in the NECI mandate.
The ultimate objective of EASIANET is to provide an effective mechanism for the institutions of one member country to provide taxonomic services to those in other countries on a reciprocal basis in the true spirit of a TCN. Such an arrangement should involve no money transfers or foreign exchange and hence is sustainable even in circumstances of economic stringencies.
Functioning of the LOOP requires sustained commitment by individual member governments, who must be prepared through institutional core budgets to contribute their share of manpower and material resources to LOOP activities and services, for the benefit of the LOOP members as a whole, and in return for their reciprocal inputs. This contribution in kind will almost inevitably involve, above all else, manpower and the allocation within national budgets of greater support for existing taxonomists, and possibly the appointment and provisioning of new taxonomic posts (in accordance with COP Decisions IV/1D & V/9). It may also involve hosting exchange visits by other member country scientists and meetings, and providing facilities and material support.
The success of the LOOP and the achievement of its objectives, like those of BioNET-INTERNATIONAL as a whole, depend on substantial funding support. An important advantage of Technical Cooperation Networks is that they provide a permanent structure that can ensure the long-lasting impact of donor inputs. They are cost-effective given due commitment by member governments, effective performance by their NECIs, realistic work programmes and adequate technical support. EASIANET, as a part of BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, has the support of BioNET-INTERNATIONAL's dedicated Technical Secretariat and the technical support consortium of major world centres in the form of BIOCON.
Subject to government endorsement of the EASIANET LOOP, BioNET-INTERNATIONAL will provide catalytic start-up funding of ¡ê90,000 (currently equivalent to approximately US$130,000) over two years for EASIANET. This funding will be managed by the NECI on behalf of the LCC and used in the first two years of LOOP operation to establish the required networking infrastructure, support some core activities and, importantly, as matching cofinancing to help leverage funds from governments and funding agencies. Whilst the CBD's GTI does not have funds and is not a funding mechanism, its establishment by the Parties to the CBD is a powerful call to all governments and donors to provide the financial resources needed to implement the GTI Programme of Work, and the establishment of sub-regional LOOPs via BioNET-INTERNATIONAL is an important facilitating step in doing so.