Establish a biodiversity relevant
national clearing-house mechanism
The concept of a national clearing-house is being developed to address
two main objectives:
|| facilitate exchange of information
|| facilitate scientific and technical co-operation, both nationally
The clearing-house will be established following the principle of decentralisation.
It will serve as an active instrument for the implementation of the Convention
on the national level. Besides data management it will, to a certain extent,
also organise or promote training programmes and workshops to facilitate
scientific and technical cooperation.
The clearing-house will gain information from the main biodiversity
databases of the country. This will include information on biodiversity,
general policies, legal instruments, use of biological resources, etc.
New databases will have to be established to address all the issues covered
by the Convention.
The highway technology of data communication will be used to exchange
publicly available information and will aim to secure data quality and
The national focal point will administer national meta-information
and facilitate the international exchange of data.
||further develop the concept of the national clearing-house mechanism
including the promotion of access and exchange of information and their
protection against abuse;
||recognise the wide scope of information for exchange, including the
results of technical, scientific and socio-economic research, and information
on training and surveys and specialised and traditional knowledge;
||identify the information gaps;
||adopt appropriate regulations to ensure access to information;
||strengthen existing biodiversity databases, in particular the National
Fauna Data Bank;
||fill the gaps in biodiversity databases, establish a national flora
data bank and a national data bank of micro-organisms;
||promote the application of new technologies in data management;
||facilitate the repatriation of information;
|The following are examples of existing biodiversity databases in Slovakia:
|| The National Fauna Data Bank collects information on the distribution
of fauna species in Slovakia, including their habitats and ecology It is
run by the Zoology Department at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the
|| The Institute for Forest Management Planning operates a central
data management system on species distribution, forest types, site characteristics,
and ecological stability classification.
||The Liptovský Hrádok Research Station of the Forest Research Institute
operates a central information system on registered gene resources of forest
tree species (gene reserves, approved seed collection stands, plus trees,
||The Biological Diversity Information System of the Slovak Republic
(BIODIS) provides basic documentation on all activities and databases,
including results and monitoring of biological diversily It uses the local
computer network which was developed by a team from the Slovak Agricultural
University in Nitra.
||The GENOTYPDATA is an information system for documentation and evaluation
of genetic resources of cultivated species for research, breeding, and
commercial use, with image documentation. lt was established and processed
at the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra.
||The BIOACNET information system on biodiversity activities targets
participants of distance education in the fields of biodiversity conservation
and ecology through INTERNET,