Agreement On The Establishment Of The Asean Centre For Biodiversity

The CBA is considered the first regional initiative to save ASEAN`s rich but highly threatened biodiversity and is an extension of the ASEAN Regional Centre for the Protection of Biodiversity (ARCBC), which was a cooperation project between ASEAN and the European Union (EU) and was organised by the Philippine Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) was established in 2005 and is located in Los Banos, Philippines. In accordance with Article II of the Settlement Agreement, the CBA facilitates cooperation and coordination between the AMS and relevant national governments, regional and international organizations responsible for the conservation and sustainable exploitation of biodiversity and equitable sharing of the benefits of using this biodiversity in the ASEAN region. The CBA fulfills its mandates in five parts: the protection of biodiversity in ASEAN countries is essential to the region`s sustainable economic development, environmental health and food security. However, given the decline in biodiversity in all the countries concerned, measures at the regional level are needed to facilitate an effective response. When the body responsible for advising ASEAN Member States on regional biodiversity and climate change strategies and strategies, the ASEAN Biodiversity Centre is increasingly involved in the ASEAN integration process. Appropriate strategies and instruments are needed to address the challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. The political approaches of the various ASEAN countries are not harmonized. Actors currently involved in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, both at the state and non-state levels, need to take greater account of the threats and opportunities posed by climate change in their strategies. For more information, publications, news and press releases on the work of the ASEAN Biodiversity Centre, see aseanbiodiversity.org/ The National Biodiversity Centre represents Singapore at the Anase Centre for Biodiversity and is the national agency responsible for biodiversity conservation and research in Singapore.

In the 41st year, ASEAN has decided to further strengthen its commitment to protecting its biodiversity from degradation. “As part of the ASEAN action to conserve biodiversity in the region, countries have declared 27 zones at ASEAN Heritage Parks and 1,523 protected areas under the World Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category,” said Executive Director Rodrigo Fuentes. He added that “promoting national and regional cooperation in the fight against environmental agreements and creating a regional database of the region`s biological resource inventory are also part of the measures to combat biodiversity loss.” The EU-ASEAN funding agreement provided the financial resources needed to create the CBA. The centre was created primarily to facilitate coordination and cooperation between the AMS in the area of sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. The agreement to establish the Centre was signed by the environment ministers of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, secular PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam on behalf of their respective governments. Currently, the Centre lacks the human and financial resources needed to address the growing need for strategies to interface biodiversity with climate change. The challenges of climate change need to be better exploited to firmly integrate biodiversity issues into development policy.