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Youth digital conference in the Philippines energises biodiversity conservation June 15,2020   |  Source: PIA

Imagine this: members of a coastal community in a festive mood with their drums and buckets as they await the fishing net to be hauled back to the shore. The fisherfolks pulled the heavy net, only to find hundreds of jellyfish inside. The only fish caught was not enough to fill a bucket.

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Executive Director Theresa Mundita Lim shared this story at the 1st Digital Environment Conference 2020: Youth and Biological Diversity to illustrate the need for conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

The webinar, which was held on 9 June 2020 and organised by the Youth Advocates of the Philippines, aimed to “inspire the youth” to participate in conservation initiatives and biodiversity mainstreaming efforts of youth organisations at the national and international levels. The fourth day of the virtual discussion focused on marine conservation efforts in celebration of the Coral Triangle Day on the same day and the World Oceans’ Day on 8 June.

“The ASEAN region has a rich marine biological diversity, including abundant reef-building stony corals and we have 40 per cent of the world’s reef fishes,” said Lim.

Overfishing and poaching of marine predators, however, can lead to ecological imbalance. From her previous

 

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