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SABONET’s primary objective of building a strong core of professional botanists, taxonomists, horticulturists, and plant diversity specialists within the ten countries of southern Africa, has been met. This core of people are competent to inventory, monitor, evaluate, and conserve the botanical diversity of the region in the face of specific developmental challenges. Given this success, the SABONET Project hoped to provide, with its exit strategy, a basis from which future projects and research may respond to the targets set by the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC). SABONET’s exit strategy included a regional Important Plant Area (IPA) Workshop that took place in May 2004.

SABONET (Southern African Botanical Diversity Network), formally called “Inventory, Evaluation and Monitoring of Botanical Diversity in Southern Africa: a Regional Capacity and Institution Building Network” is a GEF (Global Environment Facility) Project implemented by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and executed by South Africa’s National Botanical Institute (NBI), now SANBI. It was co-funded by USAID/IUCN-ROSA (United States Agency for International Development/The World Conservation Union’s Regional Office for Southern Africa) through the NETCAB (Networking and Capacity Building Initiative for Southern Africa) Programme. Its official objective was to “Develop a strong core of professional botanists, taxonomists, horticulturists, and plant diversity specialists within the ten countries of southern Africa, competent to inventory, monitor, evaluate, and conserve the botanical diversity of the region in the face of specific developmental challenges, and to respond to the technical and scientific needs of the Convention on Biological Diversity”.