Call for projects for the reinforcement of CHM websites 2022-2023
During COP12 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Decision XII/2 paragraph 15-17 called up on Parties to further develop their national Clearing House Mechanisms (CHMs) and assistance from other Parties to developing country Parties. This has been reiterated in Decision XIV/25 paragraph 3. These decisions work towards AICHI Target 19 (By 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied). Furthermore, the development of the CHMs contributes also to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In order to implement CEBioS programme of work for 2019-2023 as well as COP Decision XIV/25, the Belgian CHM partnership within the CEBioS programme of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), financed by the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) has decided to launch a call for proposals to support its partner countries boost their national CHM networks.
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
State of Palestine
Syrian Arab Republic
United Republic of Tanzania
Capacity-building tools and resources (including case studies, toolkits and reference materials)
Expertise (on site experts/consultants, virtual help desk, technical advice and institutional development support)
Training/learning support (workshops, e-learning, webinars, on-job training, mentorship)
The digital world has considerably evolved since the early days of the Belgian CHM partnership. Web-based tools are different, as well as the use of the Internet by society. Focal points around the world have adapted to these changes in order to take the best possible advantage of the emerging technologies for their work on the CHM.
Since 1999, the Belgian CHM partnership has promoted national CHMs in developing countries. From 2006 to 2018, partner CHMs were trained in the use of the CHM Portal Toolkit (PTK). As of 2019, CHM trainings used the new CMS ‘Bioland’ tool. This easy-to-use and open-access tool is developed by the CBD Secretariat. It enables the integration of data from the CBD and its Protocols as well as other relevant data providers for national CHMs. Various users can contribute to the website content through a web interface (the only requirement is to have a login and password).
This call for project proposals does not aim to tackle all constraints identified by CHM focal points. The focus of the present call is in order of importance:
Moving information from a PTK tool site to the new Bioland tool and further developing the site.
South-South cooperation to promote the national CHMs of former partner countries to move information from a PTK tool site to the new Bioland tool and further developing the site.
Organisation of meetings of the CHM steering committees (Only if a national CHM Strategy exists or if there is mention of the CHM and the committee in the national biodiversity Strategy, can be funded for maximum 2 years).
Reaching out to policy makers and to other stakeholders (on the subject of technical and scientific cooperation and the CHM website).
The official project promoter is the CHM National Focal Point of the submitting country, in agreement with the supervisory authority. An approval letter of the supervisory authority must be joined to the application file.
South-South cooperation is eligible under this call, however it should be clear which activities will be undertaken in which country. The Promotor should come from one of the eligible countries mentioned above.
Collaboration or subcontracting with a local partner is possible. In this case, such collaboration or subcontracting must clearly be indicated in the application.