BIOPAT is a non-profit-making association, set up to raise funds, through donation, for use in studying biodiversity , systematically describing it, and supporting its preservation.
BIOPAT was founded in 1999 by an international group of scientists and institutions and sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The concept was first proposed by Dr. Frank Glaw and Dr. Jörn Köhler in 1998 based on an idea of Professor Gerhard Haszprunar of the State Zoological Collection in Munich. Recognizing the importance of additional funding for taxonomic research to ensure the protection of the public and the protection of the environment.
Similar models have been adopted by other international environmental and biodiversity organizations, including the Wildlife Conservation Society , the Audubon Society , and Purdue University . It has also been the subject of a paper by the United Nations Environmental Program 
Funding and accountability
The majority of BIOPAT’s income comes from the world of economics. 50% of this money goes to support taxonomy and biodiversity research, the other half is used in support of nature conservation projects. All members of the Association, including the Scientific Advisory Council, provide their service on a voluntary basis and are not compensated.
To date, over 120 species have been sponsored by BIOPAT.
BIOPAT adheres to the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) Commitment to Accountability Charter . 
Examples of species named through the BIOPAT initiative:
- Jump up^ „Financing conservation efforts by selling naming rights of new species“ . Retrieved June 18, 2011 .
- Jump up^ INGO Accountability Charter member organizations