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


ASEAN Biodiversity Magazines Sept - Dec 2014

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Report for 2014. The report highlights the centre’s achievements, not only in 2014, but also for the past nine years.

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ASEAN Biodiversity Magazines Sept - Dec 2014

Every two years, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) gather to discuss accomplishment of commitments, challenges, and future directions in the fight to address global biodiversity loss.  The tone of such meetings has become increasingly urgent in the light of ever changing threats to the world’s biodiversity.

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ACB Photo E-news Feb 2015

ACB Photo E-news Feb 2015

The Communication and Public Affairs Unit of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity presentsending the ACB Photo News, an electronic publication featuring photo news updates on ACB activities.


ASEAN Biodiversity Magazines May - Aug 2014

t’s time to think of islands as more than just the next summer getaway. The result of unique and complex natural histories, islands are pockets of rich biodiversity, often not seen anywhere else in the world. In the face of climate change and other increasing environmental pressures, some of the world’s islands, along with the people and the irreplaceable le biodiversity within, are becoming increasingly vulnerable to storm surges, rising seawater, and others. There is hope though, and people and governments need to work together to protect fragile island resources.

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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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ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity


Experiential Learning Programme on PA Management and Ecotourism

23-27 June 2015

Hanoi, Viet Nam

Training Workshop on Protected Area Management Planning

6-10 May 2015

Subic, Philippines

Biodiversity-Based Products (BBP) as an economic source for the improvement of livelihoods and biodiversity protection Kick-off Workshop

14-16 April 2015

Splash Mountain Resort, Los Baños, Philippines

Planning Workshop on the Programme on “Protection of Biological Diversity in the ASEAN Member States in Cooperation with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity”

7-10 April 2015

Jakarta, Indonesia

Inception Workshop for the ACB-JAIF Project on ASEAN Heritage Parks Development through Capacity Enhancement and Information Development

25-26 March 2015

Vientiane, Lao PDR

International Conference on Conservation Financing in Southeast Asia

March 3-4, 2015

Closing Workshop for the ACB-GIZ BCCP Pilot Projects

7-10 February 2015

Internship Programme on the Taxonomic Capacity Building on Bryophytes and Pteridophytes

20 - 30 January 2015

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Small Grants Programme: Myanmar Inception and Planning Workshop

8 – 9 December 2014

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Knowledge Sharing Workshop for China Fund Project

4-5 December 2014

Holiday Inn Bangkok, Thailand

Advanced Course on Taxonomy of Bryophytes and Pteridophytes and Data Organization

25 November – 2 December 2014

Universitas Dhyana Pura, Bali, Indonesia

Workshop on the ASEAN Heritage Parks Programme

4 - 6 November 2014

Petchaburi, Thailand

Training Workshop on Economically-Important Insects (Predators and Parasitoids)

1 – 5 September 2014

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

Protected Areas of the ASEAN

Species of the ASEAN


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