BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity

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FoundedBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_header_cell_0_0_0 December 1999BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_cell_0_0_1
FounderBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_header_cell_0_1_0 Claus Bätke, Frank Glaw, Jörn KöhlerBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_cell_0_1_1
TypeBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_header_cell_0_2_0 Voluntary associationBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_cell_0_2_1
FocusBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_header_cell_0_3_0 EnvironmentalismBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_cell_0_3_1
WebsiteBIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_header_cell_0_4_0 BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_cell_0_4_1

BIOPAT is non-profit-making association set up to raise funds, through donation, for use in studying biodiversity, systematically describing it, and supporting its preservation. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_0

History BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_section_0

BIOPAT was founded in 1999 by an international group of scientists and institutions and sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_1

The concept was initially proposed by Dr. Frank Glaw and Dr. Jörn Köhler in 1998 based on an idea of Professor Gerhard Haszprunar of the State Zoological Collection in Munich. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_2

Recognizing the importance of additional funding for taxonomic research to ensure the protection of biodiversity despite declining public support, they proposed a model whereby benefactors would provide funds for taxonomic research and nature conservation in exchange for a new species being named after them. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_3

Similar models have since been adopted by other international environmental and biodiversity organizations, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Audubon Society, and Purdue University. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_4

It has also been the subject of a paper by the United Nations Environmental Programme BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_5

Funding and accountability BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_section_1

The majority of BIOPAT’s income comes from benefactors who provide funds in exchange for a species being named after them by scientists. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_6

50% of this money goes to support taxonomy and biodiversity research, the other half is used in support of nature conservation projects. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_7

All members of the Association, including the Scientific Advisory Council, provide their service on a volunteer basis and are not compensated. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_8

To date, over 120 species have been sponsored by BIOPAT. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_9

BIOPAT adheres to the International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) Commitment to Accountability Charter. BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_10

Image gallery BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_section_2

Examples of species named through the BIOPAT initiative: BIOPAT – Patrons for Biodiversity_sentence_11

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: – Patrons for Biodiversity.