EAFRINET aims to attain realistic self-reliance in taxonomy through a network of taxonomic institutions, each with unique expertise, and cooperating to reach a common goal. EAFRINET provides a self-sustaining infrastructure for taxonomic services and for increasing taxonomic capacity.

EAFRINET therefore intends to:

  • Support national and regional programmes for sustainable agricultural development, conservation and sustainable use of the environment and biodiversity. 
  • Assist member governments to meet their commitments to Agenda 21 of UNCED and their obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Provide effective support to help member governments achieve full implementation of the CBD.
  • Provide member countries with the best possible taxonomic services and advice in support of biological programmes.
Realistic self-reliance shall be achieved through two simultaneous initiatives: 
  • Mobilisation, pooling and sharing of existing East African resources of experience, expertise, information, technologies and technical know-how, professional and technical skills, materials (collections and records) and infrastructures under the principles of reciprocity wherever appropriate.
  • Implementation of donor-partnership work programmes for capacity building through the transfer of information, expertise, and technologies for institutional strengthening and human resource development.
Given the requisite commitment and support of its member governments in sustaining it, and effective and enduring partnerships with donors to develop it, EAFRINET shall achieve realistic self-reliance in taxonomy of invertebrates and micro-organisms within 10 years of its inception.