Widespread support for a global species list with a formal governance system

“We found a surprisingly high degree of agreement on the need for a global list of accepted species and their names, and consistent views on what such a list should provide to users and how it should be governed. The survey suggests that consensus on a mechanism to create, manage, and govern a single widely accepted list of all the world’s species is achievable. This finding was unexpected given past controversies about the merits of list governance.”
Posted in PNAS


It is great that there is consensus according to this research. I think the challenge always lies in the future, when desired deviations from this governance structure turn out to be unresolvable. What these changes might be can’t be foreseen. What will happen when disagreement on the governance structure persist?

Reminds me of this cartoon:


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