to the Belgian partnering role
One of the concrete recommendations of the International
Expert Meeting in Bonn, 25-29 June 1997 on "Building the
Clearing-House" concerned the "Parenting" or
"Partnering Role" of Parties. The Belgian National Focal
Point supports actively the implementation of this recommendation
which aims at facilitating the participation of yet non-webconnected
CHM-National Focal Points (NFP) to the Clearing-House Mechanism.
In Paragraph 26 (i) of the report of the Bonn-Meeting the core
"Establish CHM Partnering for non-webconnected NFPs by
those NFPs who have access to the Internet and additional space on
their server for this kind of bilateral collaboration. This also
would help to create CHM-identity among the Parties."
This means that one Party 'parents', for a limited
time-period only, some general information for a non-webconnected CHM-NFP,
either as text and/or images. This parenting should normally occur
till the 'parented' country has got its own access to the Internet, by
e.g. applying for funding through the GEF
Enabling Activities to implement the National CHM. The kind and
amount of information and its presentation will be matter of
discussion between the two partners.
The Belgian National Focal Point (B NFP) is hosting, since 1998,
Mechanism of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the request of
their NFP. Based on this experience, an offer was made to other
interested countries to join this partnership. Other countries have
followed and the B NFP is now hosting the Clearing-Houses
of 14 African countries. Mirror-sites have been established on the
server of the System-wide
Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP) of the CGIAR.
Chad asked in 1999 whether the B CHM could train a person to become
National Focal Point for their CHM. As other countries were also
interested in training, Belgium broadened its partnership role to
organise webmaster training courses for national CHMs. Nowadays, a
four to five-weeks training course is organised twice a year for
webmasters of national CHMs.
The ultimate goal of the partnership is that the national
Clearing-House will be maintained by the developing country's own
Different types of partnering possible
Hosting of national
Development and hosting of
national Clearing-House Mechanism
Training of national focal
point CHM in web publishing and hosting of site
Mirror site and technical advice
Technical and Scientific
Training of webmaster CHM and
How to join into partnership with Belgium
It is possible for developing countries, and in special cases for
national NGO's, to join the partnership for the Clearing-House
Mechanism. A written request from/through the National Focal Point for
the CBD of the developing country should be directed, as a first step,
to the Belgian National Focal Point.
Pending the type of partnership, the partnership can be started
fairly quickly afterwards.
You can now print our partnering folder, that is available online,
for distribution in your country. The partnering folder (French
and English version) is produced in PDF