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Biodiversity is a source of livelihood to millions as the economy of many communities is driven by the use of species in industries such as biotechnology, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, ecotourism, and pharmaceuticals. Farmers derive their produce from the earth’s bounty. Communities benefit from the various jobs resulting from the presence of natural heritage sites. Workers in the billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry have steady sources of income because nature provides plants with medicinal value. In Southeast Asia, it is estimated that 80 percent of the income of the rural poor is derived from the local biodiversity. Wood remains the most common fuel throughout the region. In fact, much of the leap and development of the countries of ASEAN during the period of 1970 to 1990 is founded on the sale of commercial timber. People in Southeast Asia also earn from ecotourism, defined as “environmentally responsible travel and visitation to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature and for any accompanying cultural features that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local people.” Ecotourism provides alternative livelihoods, with local people standing first in line for employment in protected area management as guides, rangers, or staff. Other members of the local community may also earn from ecotourism by: providing lodging (renting out rooms or their homes; building inns and other accommodation facilities); renting out vehicles (cars, bicycles and motorcycles, boats); selling provisions (convenience or variety stores); cooking meals for travelers; selling local handicrafts and souvenirs; providing recreational activities in buffer zones; and presenting cultural performances Without nature’s riches, how would millions of people earn a living for their families? Wednesday, 25 May 2011 22:46

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ACB Annual Report 2013

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity is happy to announce the release of its Annual Report for 2013.  

The report looks back at the first eight years of the Centre, highlights milestones in 2013, and sets the tone for ACB’s direction

for 2014 and beyond.


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Policy Brief Series 2014 - No. 1 

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Defense Against Nature's Wrath
Feb. 2014 

The increasing frequency and severity of storms, rainfall, and drought highlight the increasing vulnerability of Southeast Asian countries to extreme

weather events. Thus, the region should brace for a climate-defined future, where climate change already has devastating effects on biodiversity 

and wildlife, agriculture, fisheries and other industries, and most especially, people’s health and well-being.

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Policy Brief Series - Coastal and Marine Biodiversity
Issue 1 - Oct. 2013 

Urgent call: mainstream mangrove management in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has more than 600 million people dependent on biodiversity. A large proportion of this population lives near or in the coastal areas. Many of the built-up areas, urban and local communities, are located in the coasts. It is no wonder that mangroves today are fast disappearing.

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine

Volume 12, Number 2

The establishment of protected areas is an effective measure to ensure the conservation of areas noted for their biodiversity; pristine nature; presence of rare and endangered species; special natural, cultural, geological and historical significance; and aesthetic value. In the ASEAN region, a network of protected areas known as ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) seeks to conserve areas that represent the very best of the region’s natural heritage.

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Policy Brief Series on Taxonomy - 9 July 2013

Save the taxonomists, conserve the Web of Life.

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Policy Brief Series on ABS - 9 July 2013

An Urgent Need: Institutionalizing Access to Genetic Resources and Benefi t Sharing in Southeast Asia

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine

Volume 12, Number 1

he Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty adopted on February 2, 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea. It has come to be known popularly as the “Ramsar Convention”, named after this city where the treaty was first agreed. Born out of a concern over the destruction of wetlands, it is the first of the modern global intergovernmental treaties on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

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The GTI Sub-Regional Capacity Building Workshop

This publication features the highlights of the Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Workshop held on 30 July - 01 August 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Together with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand and support from Japan, the IAS workshop provided an opportunity for participants from ASEAN Member States (AMS) to communicate and enhance collaboration and cooperation in IAS and taxonomy concerns in order to develop necessary capacity to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2010-2020 throughout East and Southeast Asia. The meeting also took advantage of the presence the AMS' Global Taxonomy Initiative National Focal Points and the National Plant Protection Organization which enabled them to interact with each other in writing and presenting their respective country reports.

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine

Volume 11, Number 1

Is it possible to put a price tag on tropical forests, intact coral reefs, and mangrove areas?  When these ecosystems provide vital services to humanity – such as clean air and water; healthy soils; bountiful food and medical supplies; and barriers against destructive waves – it’s quite easy to just surrender and say “No.”  There is no price tag for ecosystems and biodiversity.  However, conservation of dwindling resources demands that price tags be placed, that ecosystems are valued, so that policy makers, the business sector, and other stakeholders, can better understand the economics of environmental protection.  

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ACB: The First Five Years

presents the status of biodiversity in Southeast Asia, challenges faced by ASEAN Member States in reducing biodiversity loss, success stories, ways forward, and future prospects for biodiversity in the region.

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine

Volume 10, Number 2

Countries all over the world are celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Forests (Forests 2011). Launched on February 2, 2011 during the High-Level Segment of the Ninth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in New York, Forests 2011 was declared to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. The celebration, with the theme “Forests for People,” is serving as a global platform to celebrate people’s action to sustainably manage the world’s forests.

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The ASEAN Heritage Parks: A Journey to the Natural Wonders of Southeast Asia

The book “The ASEAN Heritage Parks: A Journey to the Natural Wonders of Southeast Asia” is a publication of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) in collaboration with the ten ASEAN Member States  – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia,  Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. 

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The ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook

presents the status of biodiversity in Southeast Asia, challenges faced by ASEAN Member States in reducing biodiversity loss, success stories, ways forward, and future prospects for biodiversity in the region.

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Protected Areas Gap Analysis of the ASEAN Region New!

In Southeast Asia, almost a quarter (24 percent) of the total forest areas have been declared as protected areas, meeting the percentage area requirement of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Program of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) of targeting at least 10 percent of ecologically significant terrestrial areas to be ecologically managed and protected by 2010. Closer analysis, however, reveals that 34 percent of the total Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) comprising 603,700 square kilometers remain unprotected, interpreted in this report as representation gaps. Sixteen percent of the areas are partially protected, representing ecological gaps. 

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine New!

Volume 10, Number 1

Only a fraction of the world’s species have been identified owing to insufficient funding and a shortage of taxonomists, according to a Brazilian study. Scientists Fernando Carbayo and Antonio Marques from the University of Sao Paulo, writing in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, said only 1.4 million species have been catalogued, thus far. This leaves an estimated 5.4 million unknown to science. The duo estimated that it would take US$263 billion to catalogue the unknown species.

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine

Volume 9, Number 3

Nagoya, Japan took center stage when it hosted the world’s biggest biodiversity conference ever,drawing 15,000 representatives of governments and their partners from 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the CBD, held from October 18 to 29, 2010, resulted in the adoption by five heads of state and 130 ministers of environment of an agreement on access and benefit sharing of the world’s rich but highly threatened biodiversity. 

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine

Volume 9, Number 2

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are 5 to 30 million distinct species on Earth. Humankind’s prosperity and survival depends on benefits from a multitude of resources and processes that are supplied by natural ecosystems and the species living in them. Collectively, these benefits are known as ecosystem services.

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Events

AKECOP-ACB Short-Term Training Course on Tropical Ecosystem Resilience and Services

4 - 7 April 2014

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam


Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN Heritage Parks Committee

8 April 2014

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam


Capacity Building Programme on Protected Area Management and Ecotourism: Experiential Learning Programme in Taman Negara ASEAN Heritage Park, Malaysia (Experience AHP)

10 – 14 March 2014

Taman Negara, Pahang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


5th Asia Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (APBON) Meeting

25-28 November 2013

Los Baños, Philippines


4th Southeast Asia Regional Workshop on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS): Beyond Developing National ABS Frameworks

20 - 22 November 2013

Hanoi, Viet Nam


Third Training Programme on CHM Maintenance and Data Management and National Steering Committee Meeting for Brunei Darussalam

28 October to 2 November 2013

Brunei Darussalam


ASEAN-JAPAN BOOK LAUNCH AND OPENING OF ASEAN HERITAGE PARKS EXHIBIT

14 October 2013, 2:30PM

University of the Philippines Diliman Main Library, Quezon City


Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Workshop for Senior Policy Makers

8-10 October 2013

Bangkok, Thailand


Workshop for Senior Policy Makers and Analysts in the Asia-Pacific Region Beyond GDP: Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region

8-10 October 2013

Bangkok, Thailand


4th ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference

1-4 Oct 2013

Tagaytay City, Philippines


SyenSaya 2013: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION TOWARDS A SMARTER SCIENCE COMMUNITY

July 31, 2013

9:00 a.m.

E. B. Copeland Gymnasium

UP Los Banos, College, Laguna

MAKILING BOTANNIC GARDENS AT 50: Sustaining the role of botanic gardens to global plant diversity conservation

20 June 2013

Los Banos, Philippines

23RD MEETING OF THE ASEAN WORKING GROUP ON NATURE CONSERVATION AND BIODIVERSITY (AWGNCB)

18-20 June 2013

Manila, Philippines

First Myanmar Consultation on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS): Identifying ABS-Relevant National Polices and Key Stakeholders

10 – 11 June 2013

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

“One Tree at a Time” A Tree Planting Activity for the International Day of Biodiversity 2013

25 May 2013

Tagaytay Highlands


Workshop on the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan 2008-2012 Review and its Successor Plan Formulation

8-10 April 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Lecture on Values and Economics- New Paradigms in Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation

12 March 2013, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Drilon Hall, SEARCA, Los Banos, Philippines


Lecture on Values and Economics- New Paradigms in Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation

12 March 2013, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Drilon Hall, SEARCA, Los Banos, Philippines



Training-Workshop on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Development Planning

19-22 February 2013

Centara Duangtawan Hotel,Chiang Mai, Thailand


Workshop on the Formulation of the National Biodiversity Law for Brunei Darussalam

15 January 2013

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam


Training Workshop on CHM Maintenance and Data Management for Timor-Leste

14-18 January 2013

Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between ACB and Birdlife

8 January 2013

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Quezon City, Philippines


Third Southeast Asia Regional Workshop on Access and Benefit Sharing and 3rd International Project Steering Committee Meeting

10-13 December 2012

Novotel Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Internship Programme on Taxonomy of Monocot Plants

3-15 December 2012

Chiang Mai, Thailand



ASEAN Ecotourism Conference

4-6 December 2012

Diamond Hotel, Philippines



Training-Workshop on Integrating Ecosystem Services (IES) into Development Planning

3-7 December 2012

SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines



ASEAN Meeting Workshop on CEPA for Taxonomy and Biodiversity Conservation

19-21 November 2012

Sheraton Hotel, Surabaya, Indonesia



Second Myanmar Green Economy Green Growth: Moving Forward

13-15 November 2012

Myanmar International Convention Center


Orientation Seminar on Data Organization and Mapping of Species and Protected Area Databases for the Philippines

12-13 November 2012

NRED Conference Room, PAWB-DENR, Quezon City, Philippines


3rd ASEAN HERITAGE PARKS COMMITTEE MEETING

21 November 2012

Sheraton Hotel, Surabaya, Indonesia


ESABII-JAIF Training Course on Freshwater/Brackish Water Fish Taxonomy

05-11 November 2012

Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand


5th ASEAN-Plus-Three Leadership Programme on Sustainable Production and Consumption

17-19 October 2012

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, India

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


SWITCH Asia Training of Trainers: Sustainable Production and Consumption

15-16 October 2012

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, India

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


Capacity Building Workshop on Access and Benefit Sharing and Traditional Knowledge

04-05 September, 2012

Hotel Ashok, New Delhi, India


Practical and Applicable Approaches for Forest Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration

7 September 2012

Emerald Room, Lotte Hotel, Jeju, Korea

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