Story Launch of the new European Community Clearing House Mechanism Website and its Portal Toolkit (EC CHM PTK)

The European Community Clearing-House Mechanism Website (EC CHM) and its Portal Toolkit (CHM PTK) were officially launched at the CBD Clearing-House Mechanism and European Community Clearing-House Mechanism Joint Regional Meeting for Central and Eastern Europe, which was held in Tallinn, Estonia from 13 to 15 December 2005.


The EC CHM website was developed to assist the European Community to more effectively implement its Biodiversity Strategy and the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The resulting technology  – based on open source technology – and content are freely available to other interested parties.


This system was developed through consultations with interested EU countries. By 2005 the collaboration resulted in the use of the CHM PTK by several countries for their national CHMs. Currently two countries have moved their national CHMs to sit with the EC CHM on a dedicated server at EEA. This European regional CHM family is expected to grow during the coming years.


Nineteen countries participated in the Joint Meeting:  Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Ukraine and United Kingdom. Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Italy and Sweden sent their regrets.


Estonia assisted with the organisation and hosted the meeting and also launched its national CHM, based on the CHM PTK. The Estonian Vice-minister for the Environment Mr. Olavi Tammemäe opened the meeting. The meeting was funded by the EC CHM project.


The project was developed for the European Commission by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and performed under contracts with the consultant company Finsiel 1998 - 2005. The project was funded by the European Community.


From 2006 the EC CHM will promote an annual regional CHM meeting and maintain a technical group of PTK users to collaborate directly in future developments. The EEA will continue to maintain and develop the EC CHM and support ongoing collaboration, including with countries outside the European region.



Release date 16/12/2005
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Source EEA, Ulla Pinborg