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Olivier de Munck
With immense sadness, we announce the death of our dear colleague Olivier de Munck. He was a supremely dedicated colleague who joined the CBD Secretariat in 1999. For almost two decades Olivier helped develop and then lead the Clearing House Mechanism, the backbone of the Convention's information…
Spider web
The live demo of the Bioland tool is now available. Please visit and take a look at its features
Polar bear
The following presentation provide general background and guidance on the clearing-house mechanism. They are primarily intended for CHM National Focal Points in charge of establishing, strengthening and sustaining national clearing-house mechanisms. Click here to open
Underwater panorama
09 - 21 November 2018

 Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 - 22 November 2018


The purpose of the workshop is to build capacity and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain effective national clearing‑house mechanisms (CHM), in line with decision X/15 and in support of the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World…