Promoting scientific and technical cooperation for biodiversity conservation
One major priority in the [Convention on Biological Diversity] , and the origin of the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM), is to facilitate scientific and technical cooperation via the CHM. Discussions are needed on this complex issue how to practically implement this major objective. These discussions should validate options on the creation of a CHM-based "Global Scientific Cooperation Platform" supported by the NFPs-CHM in the context of the global CHM-net. Research priorities could be taken from the actual Conference of the Parties (COP) work programmes. Ways and means should be further explored how existing multi- and national research funding institutions and programmes are prepared to reflect these priorities in their respective calls for research proposals. It should be explored if the Global Environment Facility (GEF) could give support to the creation and implementation of the "Global Scientific Cooperation Platform."
1. Multi- and bilateral donor agencies should recognise the Convention's research needs and explore in their ongoing and planned cooperation projects possibilities of their conceptual integration.
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