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The EASIANET Proposal - Work Programmes
 
DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS

1. PROJECT GOAL

To improve specialist and non-specialist skills, knowledge and taxonomic capability through the development, provision and use of the full range of existing and new user-friendly taxonomic tools (COP IV/1D: Suggestions for Action 3).

2. OBJECTIVES

1) Ensure access to appropriate existing or new user-friendly tools such as:

  • methods to extract locally relevant data from global information systems (COP IV/1D: Suggestions for Action 9);
  • monitoring systems for quarantine species and invasive alien species (CBD Article 8(h));
  • biodiversity monitoring and assessment methodologies within the thematic areas of the CBD (COP III/10; V/7);
  • information products and field-guides for 'non-taxonomic' user-groups e.g. extension officers, rangeland managers, sustainable ecotourism (COP IV/1D: Suggestions for Action 6);
  • morphological and molecular techniques (COP IV/1D: para 11d);
  • tools to develop taxonomic databases locally that can be made accessible to and from global information systems.

2) Adapt and/or develop species monitoring protocols

3. ACTIVITIES

1) Identify the priority animal, plant and micro-organism groups and the appropriate technologies and tools according to needs;

2) Commission and/or produce multimedia diagnostic kits and according to prioritised needs such as:

  • Field guides to assist on species identification and monitoring in agriculture (e.g. electronic keys for fruit flies) as called for in COP Decision V/5, forestry (COP Decision IV/7), marine and coastal ecosystems (COP Decision IV/5), inland waters (IV/4), dry and sub-humid lands (COP Decision V/23) and public health;
  • Historical profiles showing incidence, abundance and distribution of species in any of agriculture, forestry, marine and inland waters fisheries, public health and soil ecosystems (COP III/10; V/7);
  • National and subregional lists of pests, pathogens, weeds, migratory species, invasive (Article 8(h)) and threatened species;
  • biological control agents;
  • organisms for use in medicine.

3) Dissemination of new or adopted tools.

4) Training in use of acquired tools.

 
 
 

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