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IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia (RBP) is working in Asia region on helping countries and agencies implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 1996. With its Species Survival Commission (SSC) backstopping several activities on conservation of species, RBP supported several capacity building projects in the region dealing with issues of conventional and applied taxonomy. Partnering with BioNET-INTERNATIONAL and Ministries of Environment in South Asia (Aghanistan, Bangladxesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), RBP is currently beginning to implement a programme dedicated to creating taxonomic capacity by building technical cooperation networks known as Locally Owned and Operated Partnerships (LOOPs) in South Asia through the establishment of South Asian Network for Taxonomy Capacity Building (SACNET).

SACNET will function as the node for exchange of information and expertise in Taxonomy in the region; organise capacity building activities; liaise with other such Networks globally and support implementation of the work programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity through the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) in South Asia.

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