At the 9th Country Officers Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam (9-11 September 1997) it was decided to start with PHOTPHILE. PHOTPHILE is a database of illustrations (photographs, slides, and drawings) of species covered by the PROSEA Handbook which are intended to be published on the Commodity Group CD-ROMS. All country offices will start collecting relevant illustrations in their country. It was also decided that the two PROSEA CD-ROMS (see New Publications) will be distributed free of charge to key institutes in the PROSEA countries who have agreed to provide the necessary facilities to make the information accessible to the public. PROSEA has a Homepage on the World Wide Web of Internet: