Clearing House Mechanism
The Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) was established by the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat in 1995 with the originally identified objectives: Promotion and facilitation of technical and scientific cooperation; information exchange; and network development. The establishment and development of CBD CHM and CHM National networks have been supported with a number of Conference of Parties decisions.
Bhutan ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity in August 1995. As an obligation, Bhutan established the CHM in line with the requirement under Article 18.3 of the Convention. Further, it is also as per the decision X/15, with a mission to contribute significantly to the implementation of the Convention and its Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, through effective information services and other appropriate means in order to promote and facilitate scientific and technical cooperation, knowledge sharing and information exchange, and to establish a fully operational network of Parties and partners.
Therefore, the CHM in Bhutan is intended to facilitate and scientific and technical cooperation in relation to the three objectives of the Convention: conservation, sustainable use and fair and equitable sharing of benefits. The CHM will support the work of the Convention by encouraging cooperation in key areas such as: tools for decision-making, training and capacity-building, research, funding, technology transfer and repatriation of information. In addition, the CMH should provide information and services to facilitate the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan Bhutan 2014. It is intended to encourage relevant partners to contribute to the expansion of the CHM is promote free and open access to data and information for the conservation of biodiversity.