SAIAB Features » Tackling the Taxonomic Impediment


Healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are integral to human well-being and sustainable development. However, growing evidence is showing that biological diversity is being lost at an alarming rate due to multiple human impacts. Freshwater fishes and amphibians are ranked among the groups with the highest proportion of species threatened with extinction and decisions must be taken now to halt this current trend.

In South Africa, the rapid loss of biodiversity is compounded by our incomplete knowledge of species diversity and their geographical distributions. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) identified the gaps in our taxonomic knowledge - commonly referred to as the “taxonomic impediment” - as a major obstacle to successful exploration and effective conservation of biodiversity.

Dr Albert Chakona explains how SAIAB is 'Tackling the Taxonomic Impediment'.