Smithsonian scientists possess an unparalleled wealth of knowledge about Earth's flora and fauna. They are experts on the Tree of Life and know which organisms to collect. Surprisingly, we only need to sample a small fraction of the planet's species in order to vastly improve our knowledge of its genomic diversity.
Collecting will begin in the areas where species are concentrated: biodiversity-rich ecosystems, marine and terrestrial research observatories, botanical gardens, and zoos. Participating countries will select which native specimens to gather and determine where and how best to preserve them.
GGI partners will gather and provide access to samples, while respecting the rights of sovereign nations and adhering to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits.