About Species 2000
A brief description of the Species 2000 programme

Species 2000 is a "federation" of database organisations working closely with users, taxonomists and sponsoring agencies.

The goal of the Species 2000 project is to create a validated checklist of all the world's species (plants, animals, fungi and microbes).  This is being achieved by bringing together an array of global species databases covering each of the major groups of organisms.

The programme in partnership with the Integrated Taxonomic Information system (ITIS) of North America currently produces the Catalogue of Life.  This is used by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and Encyclopedia of Life (EoL) as the taxonomic backbone to their web portals. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 September 2011 )