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Published: 2020-01-31

Funding, training, permits—the three big challenges of taxonomy

Museum of Zoology, Senckenberg Dresden, A. B. Meyer Building, 01109 Dresden, Germany
Museum of Zoology, Senckenberg Dresden
Museum of Zoology, Senckenberg Dresden


We feel that two of the biggest challenges taxonomy is facing are the same as during the last twentyfive years since the biodiversity crisis moved to the center
of attention: (1) inadequate funding combined with (2) the lack of succession planning, training and recruitment into permanent positions of competent taxonomists. Another significant issue, to us the third big challenge for taxonomy, is represented by the increasingly difficult and complex legislative side of biodiversity research.


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