For the triennium:

The project will be conducted as a series of three meetings. The first meeting, a workshop in early 2020, would bring together a small group of leading taxonomists, key users of taxonomy, taxonomic list aggregators and governance experts to develop a draft framework for the global governance of species lists and agree on a program of work for the ensuing two years. It is envisioned that the program would include rapid publication of a draft governance framework in which issues for discussion would be raised (see below). Those attending the workshop would be expected to commit to taking the draft framework to a  range of forums in which they have influence - workshops, conferences, other institutional meetings - where they would organise shoulder meetings or other opportunities for discussion, seeking public feedback on the proposed governance framework. The aim would be to reach out to as broad a group of taxonomists and users of taxonomy as possible with the objective both of improving the governance framework and of building a constituency of support for the concept. It is intended that the first workshop would be held in Darwin, Australia, as the largest group of those to be invited live in the region, and it is only 12 hours' flight from Europe.

The second meeting, in mid 2021, would assemble these various views into a more formal document. This would then be used as the basis for discussion with major institutional players beyond those reached in the first consultation phase, including major taxonomic intitutions, international treaty organisations and, through them, parties to those treaties. The workshop would not only incorporate ideas developed during the first consultation year but also identify the most efficacious processes for engaging key institutional players with an interest in species lists. In doing so it would provide a detailed plan for having a legitimised governance regime adopted by parties to as many treaties as possible, with CITES being one of the most important. We recognise that institutional change is slow and deliberative; for example, any changes to policy on sources of taxonomic information would first need espousal by a party to an international agreement, then debate among parties to that agreement, support from a majority of delegates to that agreement that a change to taxonomic sources be considered, development of a concrete process to be adopted by all parties to an agreement, and finally adoption by all the parties. It may take several of the triennial Conferences of the Parties to reach an agreement. The aim of this second consultation phase is therefore to ensure that the appropriate processes are followed to set appropriate actions in motion. Attendance would be funded for selected attendees; others might be invited but would have to attend at their own expense. The second workshop would be held in the USA to ensure that the constituency of those involved has a sufficiently broad geographic spread.

The third meeting in late 2022 would essentially be a signing ceremony. It would aim to deliver a final mechanism of global governance for taxonomic lists that would meet the needs of most taxonomic users while satisfying any concerns of the global community of taxonomists. While the processes that might lead to adoption of the system of list governance by international agreements would still be making their way through the relevant adoption processes, a launch of the system would provide an opportunity for it to prove itself and improve the likelhood of it being adopted. The ceremony would be held either in association with a meeting of the IUBS or at the headquarters of the institution that would be responsible for ongoing implementation of the agreed system of global taxonomic governance, probably in Europe. Attendance at this meeting would be funded for a small group whose presence was deemed essential for legitimising adoption of the framework. Others would be invited at their own expense.