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A message of hope for Asean’s threatened biodiversity by Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim July 15,2019   |  Source: BusinessMirror

The Asean region’s relentless campaign to conserve and protect its rich but highly threatened biodiversity and ecosystems took center stage with the recent International Conference on Biodiversity hosted by Thailand.

With no less than the Princess of the Kingdom of Thailand, Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, gracing the opening ceremonies, the event highlighted the conservation collaboration among the 10 Asean member-states—Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Asean region occupies only 3 percent of the world’s total area, yet its mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and seas are home to almost 20 percent of the world’s known plant and animal species as assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The region is endowed with a diversity of forests, marine areas, oceans and wetlands. Many Asean member-states share common biodiversity-rich boundaries, possessing rich natural and cultural resources that provide a variety of ecosystem services, such as provision of food, clean air and potable water; regulation of natural processes like decomposition of wastes, nutrient cycling, and pollination of crops and other plants; as well as providing spiritual and


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