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The Jamaica Clearing-House Mechanism Dayne Buddo Senior Research Officer Natural History Division Institute of Jamaica UN Convention on Biological Diversity CHM Focal Point National Biodiversity Committee October 26 th , 2005. CLEARING-HOUSE MECHANISM (CHM).

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The Jamaica

Clearing-House Mechanism

Dayne Buddo

Senior Research Officer

Natural History Division

Institute of Jamaica

UN Convention on Biological Diversity

CHM Focal Point

National Biodiversity Committee

October 26th, 2005

clearing house mechanism chm
CLEARING-HOUSE MECHANISM (CHM)

A national network of organizations & persons gathering, collating and distributing public information on biodiversity.

national clearing house mechanisms
National Clearing-House Mechanisms
  • Many countries (including Jamaica) had a problem accessing environmental information from within and outside of their own countries.
  • Under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), party countries had to establish and develop a Clearing-House for Biodiversity
  • CHMs are also expected to promote technical and scientific cooperation at national, regional and international levels.
the jamaica clearing house mechanism jachm
The Jamaica Clearing-House Mechanism (JACHM)
  • The Jamaica CHM began operations in 1999 and the focal point is in the Natural History Division of the IOJ.
  • Forms a link between sources and users of Biodiversity information in Jamaica
unique features of chms
UNIQUE FEATURES OF CHMs
  • Needs-driven:supports policy-makers, natural resource managers & scientists, educators, general public in biodiversity conservation & education
  • Decentralized:promotion of responsible collection & management of data and information according to recognized standards and accessibility to information through links with the CHM
  • Optimizing effort:using available resources, promoting joint initiatives & the sharing of information and experiences
dissemination of information
Dissemination of Information
  • Biodiversity Email List
  • Exhibitions
  • Brochures
  • Articles in the Media
  • JACHM Website
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Educational CDs
website features
Website Features
  • Biodiversity Literature Catalogue
  • Species Lists of Jamaican Endemic Biodiversity
  • I3N-JA (IABIN Invasive Species Information Network – Jamaica)
  • Biodiversity for High School Students
  • Article of the Month
  • Hans Sloane’s Jamaica Collection
  • Directory of Environmental Organizations
  • Important Links Locally and Internationally
biodiversity for schools
Biodiversity for Schools
  • The JACHM recognized the difficulties faced by advanced level biology teachers and students to obtain relevant biodiversity information
  • The JACHM designed a series of webpages based directly on Caribbean syllabus
  • This provides an online Biodiversity Resource
  • Provides links to relevant websites
biodiversity literature catalogue
Biodiversity Literature Catalogue
  • Difficult for researchers to locate relevant material on Jamaica’s biodiversity
  • The JACHM designed and now hosts a searchable online database for biodiversity literature in Jamaica
  • Over 1300 entries to date are present in the database (an ongoing process)
  • Includes reference information and their locations in Jamaica
  • CHM does not house all the material, but facilitates contact to the institutions that do.
article of the month
Article of the Month
  • Short articles of the topic species, addressing the taxonomy, distribution, impacts or benefits photos etc.
  • Articles on various current issues or events are also posted
  • Contact Information for researchers
  • Global readership through other networks
hans sloane s jamaica collection
Hans Sloane’s Jamaica Collection
  • 1687 - began record of Jamaica’s natural history
  • Formed the basis of the British Museum Collection in 1756
  • A major attraction in its time - visitors from Britain and abroad
  • Collection contained 14,000 fossils & rocks, 4,500 mammals, birds and reptiles, antiquities and books & journals stuffed with dried plant specimens.
plans in motion
Plans in Motion
  • Biodiversity Projects in Jamaica
    • Listing of research projects being undertaken
    • Name, institution, and contact information of researchers
  • Biosafety Clearing-House
  • GIS capacity
  • Photo Gallery
jamaica clearing house mechanism

Jamaica Clearing-House Mechanism

The Natural History Division

Institute of the Jamaica

10-16 East Street, Kingston

Website: www.jamaicachm.org.jm

Email: chm.nhd@cwjamaica.com