The Belgian Focal Point to the Global Taxonomy Initiative can be contacted on:
Mr Vincent Pinton – Vincent is the account manager of the Belgian CBD NFP. His support is invaluable in ensuring the smooth implementation of the GTI activities.
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Tel: +32 2 627 41 24
Fax: +32 2 627 41 41
Email: [email protected]
Belgium’s GTI Focal Point is only one of the Belgian official thematic National Focal Points established to promote, facilitate and implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Dr Jackie Van Goethem – Former Executive head of the CBD NFP. Although retired since mid 2008, Dr Van Goethem continues to provide positive input into the workings of the Belgian GTI NFP. Jackie still holds the position of Executive Secretary to the King Leopold III Fund.
Mrs Kristien Vrancken – As a skilled graphist, Kristien provides punctual graphic advice and support to the website and public relations products of the Belgian GTI NFP.
Several people contribute on a recurrent basis to the daily operations of the Belgian GTI Focal Point.
Dr Yves Samyn – Coordinator of the activities of the Belgian GTI. Responsible scientist for the Belgian GTI training program. Editor in chief of the capacity building journal AbcTaxa. Research expertise in holothuroid taxonomy.
Mrs Pascale Balhaut – Pascale is the secretary of the Belgian National Focal Point to the CBD. She provides punctual administrative and logistic support to the Belgian GTI NFP.
This workshop, which brought together National
Focal Points for CBD, CMS and CITES from eight Francophone
African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon,
Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Togo) and was made possible
thanks to funding from the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP). It was organized by the UNEP Division of Environmental
Law and Conventions, the UNEP Regional Office for Africa
and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, in consultation
with the CBD and CMS Secretariats and as an activity of
the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP). It was kindly
hosted by the Cameroon Ministry of Environment and Nature
In order to bring all participants to a
comparable level of understanding of the key objectives
and priorities of all three Conventions represented, a series
of presentations was delivered. These covered the Strategic
Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 together with the Aichi
Targets and the new concept of the CMS Strategic Plan 2015-2013.
The CMS Strategic Plan is under development and its expected
have a stronger link to the Aichi Targets. An overview of
the synergy between Biodiversity related Multilateral Environmental
Agreements (MEAs) in Africa in the context of the revision
of NBSAPs was also presented.
2 July 2013 – A workshop aimed at improving the
capacity of Francophone African National Focal Points in
identifying indicators and integrating CMS and CITES objectives
into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs),
took place in Douala, Cameroon, from 25-28 June 2013.