Global Taxonomy Initiative Capacity Building Workshop by CBD

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Government of Senegal, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), with the generous financial support from the Government of Japan.

The main objective is to address invasive alien species (Target 9) and take actions on biodiversity knowledge sharing and transfer (Target 19).
The workshop responds to decisions of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) requesting the Executive Secretary to continue promoting and facilitating, in partnership with relevant organizations, activities to strengthen implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (paragraph 10 of decision XI/2), and to explore methodologies for fostering awareness, promoting education and generating information on invasive alien species (paragraph 18 of decision XI/28). It also contributes to the implementation of the Capacity-building Strategy for the GTI (annex to decision XI/29).
NOTE: GBIF Node managers in the region are eligible to participate in the category of ‘taxonomic experts’ (see below).


Government officials engaged in the development or updating of strategies and action plans on invasive species as part of the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans; and taxonomic experts who are engaged in the implementation of the Global Taxonomy Initiative and who can contribute to the GTI Capacity-building Strategy at the national level (including GBIF Node Managers). The event has a regional focus in western and central Africa.

Contact information 

Nominations should be sent to the CBD Secretariat in the form of an official letter signed by the CBD National Focal Point, together with the Curriculum Vitae of the nominated expert, addressed to the Executive Secretary (by fax at +1 514 288 6588 or by email to secretariat@cbd.int) no later than 2 February 2013.

  • Gaiji, Samy (Contact)
  • Shimura, Junko (Contact)