Launch of Estonian National Biological Diversity Clearing-House Mechanism webpage
On 14th December 2005, during the Joint Regional Meeting for Central andEastern European Countries on Convention of Biological DiversityClearing-House Mechanism (CBD-CHM) and European Community BiologicalDiversity Clearing-House Mechanism (EC-CHM), official launch of the EstonianNational Biological Diversity Clearing-House Mechanism (BTV) took place.
BTV is a web portal based on the European Community Clearing-HouseMechanism Portal Toolkit and is developed by Estonian EnvironmentalInformation Centre. Its official address is http://loodus.keskkonnainfo.ee:88/English/index_html.
The Conference of the Parties of Convention on Biological Diversity
requested the Executive Secretary to convene regional workshops as a
catalyzing mechanism to allow for the interaction of international thematic
focal points with the national focal points to further enhance the
scientific and technical cooperation goal of the clearing-house mechanism
and to build capacities at the national level with regard to use of and
access to new information technologies. The Executive Secretary planned to
organize the relevant regional workshop in one of the ten new EU Member
Such regional workshop took place from 13th to 15th December 2005 in Sokos
Hotel Viru Conference Centre in Tallinn, Estonia with 35 participants,
mainly as national focal points from Europe. One of the main reasons for
that workshop was the launch of the new versions of European Community
Clearing-House Mechanism Portal (EC-CHM2) and it’s Toolkit (PTK2) by
European Environment Agency.