To develop in the East Asian subregion an information and communication service for the EASIANET LOOP.
1) To ensure the NECI and NACIs have sufficient communications infrastructure and agreed reporting structures to support effective networking and the exchange of relevant information regarding taxonomy-related activities.
2) To ensure, by proactive networking, that the LOOP is working in partnership with other relevant initiatives nationally, subregionally and globally.
3) To ensure access to databases and major published reference works such as taxonomic monographs, Red Lists of endangered species, quarantine checklists and back subscriptions of key serial journals and ensure future subscriptions to appropriate publications.
4) To identify the priority taxonomic information needs of the region (COP V/9). For example, an information service providing all relevant knowledge is needed to cover traditional taxonomy, molecular techniques, new records, current pest distribution maps and A1 and A2 quarantine pest lists and incidence and threats of invasive alien species. Relevant information on natural enemies, beneficial organisms, bioindicators and bioremediation agents need to be accessed and kept up to date (COP IV/1D).
5) To promote further development of the subregion's databases and provision of information in national languages and in a common working language, chosen by the delegates to the Formulation Workshop to be English (COP IV/1D).
6) To encourage new taxonomic work in response to identified needs (e.g. focussed revisions and checklists of priority groups such as fungi, crop pests, natural enemies, pollinators, bioindicators, etc.) and in support of CBD thematic areas and cross-cutting issues (COP III/10; V/7);.
7) To make available for use relevant information products e.g. identification and diagnostic tools, interactive and pictorial keys, pest distribution maps, species inventories, specimen and living organisms collections inventories etc. in a variety of hard copy and electronic media (COP V/9:2b).
8) To promote rapid transfer and sharing of taxonomic and biodiversity information throughout the subregion (COP IV/1D) as well as with international initiatives such as the CBD CHM, the GBIF , Species 2000 and EcoPort.
9) To assist with rapid information collation and dissemination for purposes of facilitating national CBD and other reports.
Within the first six months:
1) Conduct a LOOP information and communications needs assessment.
2) Ensure access of NACIs and NECI to appropriate computer hardware and software including computers with modem, CD-ROMs, e-mail access, and Internet (all ongoing operational costs eg. telephony costs to be covered by the host Institute).
3) Design, set up and maintain a regularly updated EASIANET website, linked with the BioNET-INTERNATIONAL website (www.bionet-intl.org).
4) Electronic networking, including dissemination of Newsletters, and a mailing list updated quarterly, to include CBD Focal Points and other collaborating partners. Newsletters and hardcopies of data and information to be posted to physical addresses where access of these locations to internet connectivity may be difficult.
5) Establish contact with all relevant initiatives nationally, subregionally and globally.
Longer term: the needs assessment will determine priority areas of activity for action over the longer term, for example, suggested needs might include acquisition of relevant standard references such as text books and taxonomic monographs; subscription to taxonomic journals; develop or commission computerised identification tools, pictorial keys and distribution maps; produce a subregional database of expertise and specialists in taxonomy.