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).
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
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.