Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (BCAMP)

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In October 2019, the sixth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference (AHP6) gathered around 300 participants in Pakse, Lao PDR to discuss the efforts of ASEAN Member States to maintain and sustain protected areas, and to explore wider conservation approaches to halting species extinction. The event built on the experiences and knowledge of protected area managers and international experts. It aimed to improve the AHP programme, one of ASEAN’s flagship initiatives, and strengthen networks among AHP stakeholders and other dialogue and development partners.

The event kicked off with the ASEAN Policy Dialogue on Protected Areas, Landscapes, and Wildlife, which featured the EU’s Larger than Tigers report, a publication that highlights the region’s natural capital and the need for a strategic approach to curb environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Overall, the event proved to be an impressive example of cooperation and collaboration between the EU and a wide range of other partners. These included the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, the Lao PDR Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and organisations such as KfW and GIZ from Germany, SwedBio from Sweden, as well as other partners such as the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

This ASEAN-EU dialogue demonstrates our continued partnership within the framework of ASEAN cooperation on environment. It involves governments, non-government organisations, experts, and private sector groups as well as women, youth, indigenous and local communities, and other key stakeholders.

Theresa Mundita Lim, ACB Executive Director