1. National Level
Those national organisations and other bodies within individual countries, which are identified by national representatives as being appropriate and desirable member institutes, and designated as National Institutes (NIs), shall form 'in-country' national networks to facilitate cooperation and collaboration. A single National Institute elected by the NI's to coordinate this national network shall be designated the National Coordinating Institute (NACI).
Figure 1: Conceptual model of a 6-Member LOOP or TCN
2. Subregional Level
The activities of the LOOP shall be coordinated by a designated Network Coordinating Institute (NECI), with a dedicated Coordinator and supporting staff (as appropriate), and located at an appropriate taxonomic institute in a member country. It shall function as the LOOP Focal Point, a centre for receipt and dissemination of information, and the liaison link with the BioNET-INTERNATIONAL Technical Secretariat and other LOOPs, etc. It shall provide a first point of contact for all external bodies.
The Institute of Zoology, CAS has been designated as the NECI of EASIANET for the first 3 years.
The designation of the NECI will be reviewed every three years by the LCC and can be rotated among the member countries or repeated, as agreed by the LCC.
3. Global Level (Figure 2)
The LOOPs (Locally Organised and Operated Partnerships) are the very core of the Global Network. They are based on the UN concept of Technical Cooperation Networks (TCNs) and are dedicated, through South - South cooperation, to mobilising, pooling and optimising the use of existing taxonomic skills and resources within the subregions for the benefit of all LOOP Members. The Global Network subregions accord closely to those prescribed by the United Nations.
Figure 2: Conceptual model of the global network
ii) BIOCON (The Consortium for Technical Support for BioNET-INTERNATIONAL)
This consortium of the world's major centres of taxonomic expertise and resources is designed to provide, where necessary, the information, skills, materials and technologies needed by developing country subregions to achieve self-reliance in taxonomy. It is an important source of technical support for donor-funded programmes for capacity building and human resource development in the BioNET-INTERNATIONAL LOOPs of the developing world i.e. North - South cooperation.
This consortium is being created world-wide as developed country institutions begin to collaborate to make their diverse resources available. The first subregional consortium, EuroLOOP, with some 100 institutions spread through some 25 European countries was established in 1994 and is now expanding as it embarks on the task of inventorying the resources it has to offer to developing country LOOPs.