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Solutions for National Participation


Hermes is a completed online Content Management System which provides the building blocks of a national BCH. It provides, in addition to out-of-the-box interoperability with the BCH, content management, content versioning, file management, search functions, support for multiple languages, security though SSL authentication and much more. Hermes based websites are hosted on the Secretariat’s servers which are constantly monitored with guaranteed 99.99% uptime through redundancy. The Hermes manual has been developed by UNEP-GEF Biosafety Unit.

Download the Hermes manual: ( Ar | En | Es | Fr | Ru )

Go to the Help section: Tutorials on the use of Hermes

BCH Ajax Plug-In

The BCH AJAX Plug-in is a client side application, developed by the BCH Team, that can be easily integrated with any existing website to provide dynamic display of information from the BCH. It does not require any specific IT knowledge, works on all server platforms and does not require any software installation.

In other words when data are published on the BCH, they can be extracted from the BCH database and displayed in any other website (e.g. your national BCH nodes) by introducing a very simple script in your web pages.

Download the BCH AJAX Plug-in Manual ( Ar | En | Es | Fr | Ru )

A web application to generate Ajax codes for the BCH has been developed by the UNEP-GEF BCH II project and it is available at http://bch.cbd.int/help/topics/ajaxdemo/index.html

An example of the potential of the BCH Ajax Plug-In is provided below. The lines of code in bold font instruct the browser to show the BCH records matching the parameters specified by the function GenerateRecords (document type, country and language). In the example, the parameters used are the following:
  • Document type: Decisions on LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment (decisionUnderAIA);
  • Countries: all EU Member States (all of the two letter codes of the 27 EU States and the EU commission); and
  • Language: English (en).


<h1>Decisions for intentional introduction into the environment of LMO submitted to the BCH by EU Member States:</div>
<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"
<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" >
GenerateRecords("decisionUnderAIA", "at be bg cy cz de dk ee es eur fi fr gb gr hu ie it lt lu lv mt nl pl pt ro se si sk", "en");</script>

when the above code is inserted in a web page the browser will display the following:

Decisions for intentional introduction into the environment of LMO submitted to the BCH by EU Member States:

Update on 2018-12-10
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