The European Union (EU) has been supporting biodiversity conservation initiatives in the ASEAN region. In collaboration with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, the EU continues to invest in biodiversity through the project “Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP).” The project aims to contribute to global sustainability by ensuring ASEAN’s rich biological diversity is conserved and sustainably managed toward enhancing social, economic, and environmental well-being. The project will enhance conservation of biodiversity and effective management of protected areas in Southeast Asia to halt or significantly reduce biodiversity loss in ASEAN.
The project is being managed under three components:
- Site level intervention in selected AHPs/PAs
- Enabling support at national level, and
- Regional level intervention
The German Cooperation is supporting biodiversity conservation in the region through the Small Grants Programme (SGP), as funded by Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). The SGP aims to contribute to biodiversity protection and management of natural resources in line with the basic needs of the local population in the ASEAN region by strengthening the ACB in its role to promote biodiversity protection, specifically in selected ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) and adjacent areas. Another project is the Institutional Strengthening of the Biodiversity Sector in the ASEAN (ISB II) which aims to enhance biodiversity conservation and mainstreaming across sectors,
as funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). The ISB II project provides an opportunity to integrate lessons and experiences gained from the ISB I Project into regional strategies for biodiversity conservation.
CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives:
- The conservation of biological diversity
- The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
- The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources
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