"It facilitates searching and retrieving information by linking similar documents and on-line resources with unique terms. It standardizes descriptions, and so assists in efforts to make information interoperable. Because most terms are taken from official Convention documents, UNEP's ENVOC, and FAO’s AGROVOC, the translation of these terms is facilitated. The CBD Controlled Vocabulary was developed in 2003 with the intent to establish a list of terms to be used as descriptors (i.e. metadata) for CBD documents and web pages."