The Global Taxonomy Initiative: Shortening the Distance between Discovery and Delivery

Australian Biological Resources Study
Environment Australia, Department of the Environment and Heritage, 1998
ISBN-10 (printed): 0 642 56803 0
ISBN-13 (printed): 978 0 642 56803 8

Annexe 1
Guidelines/Criteria for incorporation of Taxonomy within the remit of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Information sharing is part of benefit sharing: we need to free-up and smooth the flow of taxonomic information.

We need to appreciate what biologists themselves see as fundamentally important issues, as these issues may not have been adequately addressed in the CBD.

Areas of taxonomic action which relate to the articles of the Convention on Biological Diversity:

Identification, assessment and monitoring

Collecting, and creation of reference collections to support identification

Rapid assessment methods (indicator groups, higher taxa, morphospecies)

Biodiversity inventories

Molecular assessment methods especially for microorganisms

Assessment of phylogenetic diversity


Delimitation of species for conservation action

Identification aids for species on Red Lists, or those that are rare or with limited distributions

Indicator species taxonomy

Reserve site selection criteria based on species richness, endemism

Sustainable use

Identification of resources for harvesting, bioprospecting etc.

Integration of ethnobiological knowledge into mainstream knowledge bases

Predictive phylogenetic tools

Taxonomy of key-stone species for ecosystem services

Sustainable agriculture and forestry

Indicators of sustainable use

Wild relatives of domesticated species

Biological control

Alien species control

Disease control

Cultural use

Identification of resources for ceremonial, subsistence use

Ethnobotanical knowledge sharing