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Development of the GTI Regional Action Plan for Southeast Asia 2016-2020 and Capacity Development on the Taxonomy of High Elevation Vascular Plants

Phase II of the Strategy of the CBD Secretariat


The project addressed the impediments in taxonomy, which constrain the much-needed information on biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, by promoting and enhancing the implementation of the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI).

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Ministry of Environment, Japan; East and Southeast Asia Biodiversity Information Initiative (ESABII)

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The project contributed to improving the scientific information and human capacity needed in taxonomic work by addressing gaps in the GTI Regional Action Plan by developing an updated plan and building the human resource for taxonomy, especially of less studied groups, such as high elevation vascular plants.
Supported the needs and leveraged and synergised with existing initiatives of the East and Southeast Asia Biodiversity Information Initiative (ESABII), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and Asia Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON).
Explored collaborative opportunities regarding taxonomic information with the abovementioned bodies and other operating networks, such as the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEOBON).


The project conducted taxonomy-related activities to support the needs of the ESABII, GBIF, and APBON regarding taxonomic information. The project charted the GTI course in Southeast Asia to update the Southeast Asia GTI RAP for 2017–2025, determined the impact of past taxonomy training in ASEAN from 2010–2015, and conducted a training course on the taxonomy of high-elevation vascular plants.

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