The Viet Nam Clearing-House Mechanism


What is the Clearing-House Mechanism ?

Originally used in the business sector, a "clearing-house" is a service which facilitates and simplifies transactions among multiple parties.

The Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an information sharing mechanism set up to promote and facilitate the scientific and technical cooperation in relation to the three objectives of the Convention: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. It also plays an important role in developing public awareness on those three objectives.

The CHM operates mainly, but not exclusively, via the Internet and is built up as a structurally decentralised and distributed network of Parties and partners working together to facilitate the implementation of the Convention. It provides a variety of on-line data on the Convention, thematic programmes and cross-cutting issues as well as a direct access to numerous international, national and supra-national websites. Its development is supported by recommendations by the , decisions by the  and input from regional workshops and expert meetings such as the. 

Who benefits ?

Benefits are deliberately two-directional:

  1. Developing countries gain, inter alia:
  • a forum for articulating priority needs for scientific and technical exchanges;
  • access to appropriate scientific and technical information from developed countries;
  • access to appropriate scientific and technical information from nations that have comparable ecological, social and economic conditions.
  1. Developed countries gain, inter alia:
  • increased ability to form partnerships in sustainable development, particularly to exchange expertise and information;
  • more efficiency to respond to identified needs for capacity building and technology transfer.

The Viet Nam Clearing-House Mechanism

On , the Viet Nam Environmet Protection Agency (VEPA), in its quality of Viet Nam National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity, launched the Viet Nam Clearing-House Mechanism (V CHM) on the Internet. It was the fifth CHM website to be added to the official list of Clearing-Houses by the Secretariat of the Convention.

National Focal Point to the Clearing-House Mechanism

Viet Nam National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency - Technology and Environment
67 Nguyendu - Hanoi - Viet Nam
Tel:  +844 826 0781
Fax: +844 248 933


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Last update 12-03-2003

Viet Nam  Clearing-House Mechanism, 2003
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