SAFRINET has become and integral part of the
International Pollinator Initiative (IPI) of the Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD). Pollinators were first mentioned in the by the CBD in
1996 (Decision III/11), as a priority group for case studies. In 1998 the
Sao Declaration was published calling for an IPI. In 2000 (Decision V/5)
the CBD invited the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United National
FAO to establish and IPI co-ordinating mechanism and plan of action (the
CBD web site is www.biodiv.org). The first technical meeting towards implmenting
the IPI was held at FAO, Rome, during 14-16 November 2000.
The Meeting asked FAO to consider establishing
a Technical Co-ordinating Committee, as the co-ordination mechanism, and
agreed a procedure for the development of a plan of action.
Calls for activities and project initiation must
come from countries. People concerned with, or about, pollination in SADC
are therefore responsible for doing something about the plight of pollinators.
These should include:
Capacity building. etc.
More information can be obtained in the EcoPort
pollination electronic journal 'Pollenbytes', (http://www.ecoport.org/EP.exe$ResFull?ID=M180)
or you can contact to SAFRINET Network Co-ordinator.