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Officials and staff from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, GIZ and the Federal Government of Germany, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Member States, dialogue and development partners, with some Philippine media in a group shot at the closing ceremony of the ISB II Project.
MANILA, Philippines—Driven by a shared vision to conserve, sustainably manage, and equitably share benefits from biodiversity for the well-being of people in Southeast Asia, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Federal Government of Germany through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für…
Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim  Executive Director  ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
ACB Executive Director Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim delivered intervention as first-time IGO at UNEA-6. NAIROBI, Kenya—In recognition of its contribution to the achievement of global environmental goals, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) officially received its Intergovernmental Organisation…
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BANGKOK, Thailand – Biodiversity and health experts from the ASEAN Member States (AMS) convened earlier in February to talk about the roles of environment, wildlife, and biodiversity in disease prevention, detection, and resurgence. The technical forum Reflecting on the Relevant Role of Biodiversity…
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity joins the global celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2024 with the theme, “Wetlands and Human Wellbeing”, giving emphasis on this ecosystem’s biological riches and its critical role in the survival, resilience, and well-being of people. There are almost two…
Born and raised in Brajah Harjosari, a village on the borders of Way Kambas National Park, an ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia, the 44-year-old Pak Agus used to witness countless elephant raids and ravages to their farming community’s crops and properties. This constant…
Twenty young and talented writers, artists, and photographers representing the ASEAN Member States feature the ASEAN Heritage Parks in a three-dimensional online exhibition supported by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Germany, and the European Union. The 20 featured artists were selected by…
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) releases an action plan for the management of invasive alien species in the region following the document’s official endorsement and acknowledgement during the 17th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Environment (AMME) in Lao PDR and the 43rd ASEAN Summit…
MANILA, Philippines –In celebration of the 56th ASEAN Day and the International Youth Day, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) convened modern-day heroes for nature conservation and young communicators from all over Southeast Asia for the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes Forum from 11 to 12 August 2023…
Some species in Phu Khieo  Wildlife Sanctuary-Nam Nao National Park. Photo by อาเฌอ
Vientiane, Lao PDR —Two new protected areas in Thailand, Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary-Nam Nao National Park and the Phu Kradueng National Park, were officially declared as the 56th and 57th ASEAN Heritage Parks during the 17th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME) on 23 August 2023…
While people are aware of the triple planetary crisis—pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss—biodiversity remains an abstract concept to many. In simple terms, biodiversity refers to all forms of life on Earth and their interactions. Biodiversity provides all basic needs to survive, such…
Photo by Myo Thet A recent report shared exciting news for the conservation community—eggs and hatchlings of the endemic and critically endangered Burmese peacock softshell turtles or Nilssonia formosa were found in Indawgyi Lake, located in the Kachin State of Myanmar. According to Fauna & Flora…
ASEAN welcomes Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park as 53rd Heritage Park
Marker of the MIRNP-ASEAN Heritage Park was officially unveiled LANAO DEL NORTE, PH— The Philippines officially launches Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park (MIRNP) as the 53rd ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) and the 11th AHP in the Philippines during the 64th Araw ng Lanao del Norte celebration held on 28…
PH Hosts ASEAN Meet to Plan Regional Actions to Hit New Global Biodiversity Targets
Representatives from ASEAN environment ministries, ASEAN Secretariat, and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity The 10-nation political and economic bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met in Pasay City, Philippines for a two-day meeting to map out its actions for nature in line…
Jakarta, 7 June 2023 — The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, showcased the gains and impacts of its European Union-supported project called the Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP)…
The first-ever set of ASEAN Green Initiative awardees with Dr Theresa Mundita Lim, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (6th from L); Mr. Ky Anh Nguyen, Director, Sustainable Development Directorate, ASEAN (5th from R); and Dr. Badi’ah Achmad Said, Deputy Director, Directorate of…
Young ASEAN Storyteller Aung Chan Thar took this morning photo of the Inlay lake, the second largest inland lake in Myanmar and is famous for its floating villages and self-sufficient communities. ASEAN Press Statement for the World Environment Day 2023: Beating Plastic Pollution to Protect ASEAN’s…
After six years of implementing activities that allowed society to connect with biodiversity, enabled transformative change, and initiated concrete actions to conserve biodiversity, the 𝘉𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘈𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘚𝘌𝘈𝘕 will be holding its completion workshop from…
By. Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity The International Day for Biological Diversity is an annual celebration to give spotlight on nature and biodiversity and their importance to humanity and the planet. This year’s theme, “ From Agreement to Action: Build…
Photo by Vatsana Sichaleun Officials from Lao PDR Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, and Foreign Affairs; representatives from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); and local officials and stakeholders of Nong Kham Sen…
CON DAO ISLAND— In celebration of its 30th year of establishment, Con Dao National Park was officially launched as the 55th ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP). Aside from its pristine beaches, diverse ecosystems, and abundant flora and fauna, Con Dao is known for its historical value as it witnessed the…
First ecotourism travel mart features ASEAN’s natural heritage
2022 Miss Earth Queens visiting the ASEAN biodiversity booth of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Ecotourism experts, entrepreneurs, travel professionals, and environment protection advocates from 25 nations gather at the five-day International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM) in Cavite, Philippines…
BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING: A VIABLE INVESTMENT FOR THE PLANET By Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth and the interactions between living organisms and their environment. It includes not only the…
The Popa Mountain Park, Kyaukpadaung, Myanmar — To further promote sustainable and science-based policy decision-making in environmental conservation in Myanmar, the Forest Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, in partnership with the ASEAN Centre for…
As the world prepares to put the recently adopted Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KM GBF) into action, new opportunities have opened for young people to contribute significantly to the achievement of this ambitious yet realistic set of targets towards living in harmony in nature. The…
Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim Executive Director, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Based on fossil records and current data, scientists have determined that we are already losing a substantial number of species within a short geological period, suggesting that we may be on the verge of a sixth mass…