Friday, 21 May 2010 11:43

PACINET (the Pacific Islands Network for Taxonomy) is designed to build taxonomic capacity in the Pacific Island Countries for sustainable development. It is a joint program of the Secretariat for the Pacific Community, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific. Taxonomic capacity is having the human resources to identify, describe, name and classify the unique biodiversity found in all the Pacific Islands landscapes including rainforests, grassland, freshwater systems, atolls, coral reefs and the deep ocean.

PACINET’s activities are based on the needs of PICs, and its annual work plan and business plan are overseen by a steering committee made up of a Locally Organized and Operated Partnership (LOOP). PACINET has a fulltime Coordinator who oversees the day-to-day operations and implements the work plan.

PACINET works closely with the BioNET-International (www.bionet-intl.org) - a global network to promote taxonomy in the biodiversity rich but economically poorer countries of the world.

Overall, PACINET will focus on providing coordinated access to existing taxonomic information and increasing taxonomic capacity in the region. PACINET will endeavour to facilitate and strengthen links between modern (scientific) taxonomy and local (vernacular or traditional) taxonomy as a foundation for improving the conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of the benefits of biodiversity in the Pacific region.

PACINET welcomes contributions from individuals, private sector, government and non-government organisations in this quest to build regional taxonomic capacity to secure the future of Pacific Islanders.

For more information please contact us:

Dr Mary Taylor

Secretariat of the Pacific Community