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Potential for DNA Barcoding in BOZONET. Mathias Behangana BOZONET Regional Coordinator ICIPE. BOZONET - Introduction. Bo tanical and Zo ological Taxonomic Net works in Eastern Africa:. BOZONET - Theme. “ Linking Conservation and Taxonomy ”. BOZONET. Focus Countries Ethiopia

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Potential for DNA Barcoding in BOZONET

Mathias Behangana

BOZONET Regional Coordinator


BOZONET - Introduction

Botanical and Zoological Taxonomic Networks in Eastern Africa:


“Linking Conservation and Taxonomy”


Focus Countries

  • Ethiopia

  • Kenya

  • Uganda

  • Tanzania



Regional Coordinating Institution

  • ICIPE – The Lead Agency mandated by UNDP to execute the Project

    National Coordinating Institutions

  • Ethiopia – University of Addis Ababa (UAA)

  • Kenya – University of Nairobi (UoN)

  • Tanzania – University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)

  • Uganda – Makerere University (Mak)



    The Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) in the

    Darwin Declaration identified the Taxonomy

    Impediment, as the core of the

    conservation/taxonomy problem. The

    impediment is defined as:

    “The gaps in

    knowledge of taxonomic systems, and the

    reduced impact by not using such knowledge in

    the management and sustainable use of




    BOZONET’s key innovation is in building the

    Bridges between taxonomists and the end

    Users (field conservationists, tourism,

    potential bioprospectors, local communities,

    etc) who need taxonomic information, and

    cementing this linkage through joint

    biodiversity oriented fieldwork and



    Expected Outcomes

    • Taxonomic tools and capacity

      2.Such taxonomic tools and information used to improve the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use in the field.


    Expected National Benefits

    • BOZONET will generate taxonomic information that will assist decision-making on achieving the objectives of meeting country obligations

    • The CBD

    • Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI).

    • Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) – 11 out of 16 targets.


    2. Economic and environmental importance of taxonomy

    • Food security – agrobiodiversity, food security, biocontrol (reducing insecticide use, DDT!!!).

    • Bioprospecting (Medicinals and aromatics) and biopiracy (Microorganisms).

    • Invasive species Ecotourism

    • EIAs

    • Hotspots and Key Biodiversity Area inventories


    • The potential of the emerging tools for user-friendly identification

      • Molecular tools (CBOL)

      • IT tools (GIS, Cellular etc).

  • Reducing dependency

  • Thank You

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