Welcome to the website of the Belgian National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative

In implementing COP decision V/9, paragraph 4, Belgium designated in 2001 the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels as its National Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative.

The overacting objective of Belgium’s GTI National Focal Point is to reduce the so-called taxonomic impediment that hinders the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The specific objective of the Belgian GTI is to help with the establishment of the needed taxonomic and curatorial capacity in developing countries. To that end the Belgian GTI NFP has developed a demand-driven program of work that involves training, liberation of taxonomic data and know how and international and institutional cooperation.

The main sponsor of the Belgian GTI National Focal Point is the Belgian Development Cooperation.

The second issue of the Belgian CBD News Bulletin explains how taxonomy battles poverty.