The Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) is a two-way information exchange platform which can contribute to national planning, implementation and reporting in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It was established in accordance with Article 18.3 of the Convention to promote scientific and technical cooperation, and its evolution has been guided by COP decisions, the most recent being X/15 and XI/2 B and XII/2 B. The CHM is a global network with the CBD website as a central hub, national Clearing-House Mechanisms at country level, and partner institutions at thematic or regional levels.
In this context, a national CHM should complement the global information services of the the central CHM by providing more specific information services to facilitate the implementation of the NBSAP at country level. Therefore, an NBSAP should include a strategic vision for the national CHM and, where appropriate, a realistic roadmap for its operationalization and further development based on anticipated resources. This way, the information services provided by the national CHM will effectively respond to national needs identified by the NBSAP.
Even with limited resources, a national CHM can be effective by providing:
- Information in the national language(s).
- A brief online version of the latest NBSAP and national report for easy reference (e.g. executive summary).
- News on major national events related to biodiversity.
- Links to information on national biodiversity, especially if these links are in the NBSAP or national report.
- A directory of institutions and expertise related to NBSAP implementation.
- A space where national stakeholders can express their views and announce their biodiversity related events and activities.
- Additional content or links that respond to other identified national information needs, whenever possible.