The network is coordinated by a central unit localized at the " Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique " (CNRST). The setting up of the
CCMM network in Morocco is taking place in collaboration with the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) consortium which is financed and coordinated by Belgian Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs .
CCMM network takes into account the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, Rio de Janeiro, June
5th 1992). The CBD aims to provide for « the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources » (CBD article 1). At present, 176 countries including Belgium and Morocco, have signed this convention.
The main goal of the
CCMM network is to create a national tool for promoting scientific interest and investigations in microbial biodiversity within the Moroccan Academic and Bioindustry Communities.
The present reseach activities of the
CCMM network are financed mainly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the National Centre for Scientific Research
and Technical Research(CNRST), and Belgian General Administration for International Cooperation (DGCI).
CCMM collections compile approximately 3000 microorganisms including bacteria, yeasts, fungi and algae.
For its second edition of the catalogue, the
CCMM publish 1039 well characterized and documented strains (bacteria, yeasts and fungi) of Moroccan origin.