ASEAN biodiversity office conducts online training
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) conducted three-day online training on the use of the Bioland tool, an online platform designed to help parties to the CBD in the curation and sharing of biodiversity data.
The webinar, which ran last week, served as a preliminary activity to the Regional Workshop for the ASEAN on National Clearing-House Mechanisms, which was originally slated for 8 to 12 March 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but was postponed due to growing concerns on the spread of the Coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
In the two-step webinar, the SCBD oriented the Biodiversity Information Management staff of the ACB on how to use the platform. The ACB team then trained the information technology and technical staff from each ASEAN Member State (AMS).
The training was designed to address technical barriers faced by the AMS in effectively establishing their respective national Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) websites, which would be part of the global network with the CBD website serving as a central node.
The CHM of the CBD was established to facilitate scientific and technical cooperation and sharing of biodiversity information among governments, towards the successful implementation of national biodiversity strategies and plans, which will eventually contribute to the achievement of global biodiversity targets.